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Nelson Mandela dies, aged 95

5 December 2013

10:32 PM

5 December 2013

10:32 PM

Look; I’m sorry Nelson Mandela is dead. It happens quite often to people in their 90s who have been very ill, even famous people, but I’m sure that doesn’t lessen the sadness for many of us. I never met the man but, on balance, I came to the conclusion that he was a force for good rather than ill. I think I came to that rather banal and broad brush conclusion twenty years ago, or maybe fifteen. So, I’m sorry he’s dead, I wish it were otherwise.

But for Christ’s sake BBC, give it a bloody break for five minutes, will you? It’s as if the poor bugger now has to bear your entire self-flagellating white post-colonial bien pensant guilt; look! Famous nice black man dies! Let’s re-run the entire history of South Africa. That’s better than watching the country we’re in being flattened by a storm.


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  • ombar

    yes we a re all sorry hes gone. if you are sign his remembrance book http://www.nelsonmandelaremembrance.com/

  • Jason
  • Name

    TYPICAL LEFTY SCREAMING QUEENS IN THE BBC.
    TRIED TO WATCH TV THIS MORNING, BLOODY FUNERAL SO I SWITCHED TO BBC2 GUESS WHAT ? BLOODY FUNERAL SOI PUT ON RADIO 4 GUESS WHAT ? YEP BLOODY FUNERAL.
    I NO LONGER PAY MY TV LICENCE BECAUSE OF THIS SELF INDULGENT CRAP CHURNED OUT BY THE PEADO GANGS RUNNING THIS SHAMBLES

  • Sucarol

    Can’t believe that the Beeb sent over 200 employees to S Africa to cover the death. I am a Mandela fan, but fast turning off with all the way over the top coverage. Give us a break BBC please….

  • StoryHugh

    Yes Mandela was a great man because he negotiated a peaceful settlement and followed up on his promises made in the negotiations showing rare generosity of spirit – Yes the ANC had some very violent and nasty sides to it, including his second wife, Winnie, But also Yes, the BBC has got it all out of perspective when the head of news calls him “the most significant statesman of the last 100 years”… they have somewhat lost the plot there.

    • lucillalin

      That universalism is a bizarre aspect of the media circus. The whole world is supposed to adore a hero and statesman of one nation. Doesn’t BBC think that there are any significant British statesman, BBC being, well, British. Churchill?
      For me the most significant statesman of the last 100 years is Risto Ryti.

  • Daviejohn

    Thanks for saying what everyone else is thinking!!

  • Richard (another one)

    Exactly; the storm of opprobrium over the totally harmless remarks in this blog says everything about the people who launched it – the amazing thing is, they just don’t seem to realise it.
    It was predictable, though, eh? What were we expecting when the poor old duffer snuffed it? Pretty much what we got.
    So, Mr. Mandela, I’m glad you saw the light about terrorism and didn’t kill as many people as you once intended. The deaths and injuries you did have a hand in advanced your cause not one jot – it just created more victims. But we are sinners all and your repentance seems genuine. Good luck wherever you are and rest in peace.
    Now let’s move on …

  • roger

    if the royal bloody wedding can get prime coverage shut your manhole.

  • John of Kent

    Point well made Rod. I admire Mandela and welcomed the transition from Apartheid in South Africa, but the BBC’s saturation bombing, intolerably repetitive and boringly reverential (was there a single critical word anywhere) reflected some kind of Soviet-style political religion, not proportionate journalistic coverage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julian.bray Julian Charles Bray

    Remind me, David Cameron whilst at Uni, paid for by the taxpayer. helped produce a poster featuring Mandela. Why is that not now being featured? As to the coverage let them get on with it as I have some 50 other channels to flick through, and if the BBC wants to lose viewers so be it…

  • Cosmo

    http://biasedbbc.org/ No lefties please, you may get even more offended by the blatant heresy on display.

  • Cosmo

    Just a quick question to all you nutters who are so offended? Have you actually read it before posting your incoherent ramblings?

  • johnbull88

    Liddle is you typical timid, meek and coward English man, who cannot put up a fight on the streets of London to save his life. In S.Africa he would not even last 10 seconds .

    • Cosmo

      Nurse will be along soon.

  • johnbull88

    Can’t wait for the dogs of war to be unleashed

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