Thursday, 23 December 2010

On Safari

Given the choice of holiday destinations in 1989, would you have accepted an all-expenses paid trip to apartheid South Africa? Mandela still in prison, the international community (except for the British Tory Party) united in their condemnation of a violent, racist regime? Thatcher repeatedly referred to Mandela as a 'terrorist' and Tory Party students wore t-shirts reading 'Hang Nelson Mandela'.

Probably not. But you aren't David Cameron, who at this point was a bright young Tory Party employee. He took a free trip (described by his boss as 'a jolly… just a little treat') by Strategy Network International, a front group for the South African government, which was keen to impress future leaders with the delightful success of racial segregation.

Wow. There's a man who doesn't let massive violence and oppression get in the way of having a good time. He'll go far.

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