Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela

Postby Oldjohnw » 11 Feb 2020, 12:17pm

30 years ago today Mr Mandela was freed from prison.

Do we need another Mandela?
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby 661-Pete » 11 Feb 2020, 1:38pm

More than ever, I think. But he or she would do better focusing their activities on the opposite side of the Pond...

....or here in Englandshire.... :(
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby reohn2 » 11 Feb 2020, 1:43pm

We need a thousand of his calibre,most major heads of state today couldn't lace his boots.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Oldjohnw » 11 Feb 2020, 5:56pm

I think that there are a whole bunch of national leaders who should themselves be in prison: not as political prisoners but as crooks.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Bonefishblues » 11 Feb 2020, 7:15pm

Joseph Shabalala died today :(

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby francovendee » 11 Feb 2020, 8:20pm

reohn2 wrote:We need a thousand of his calibre,most major heads of state today couldn't lace his boots.

Miss read your post to couldn't lick his boots :lol:

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby reohn2 » 11 Feb 2020, 8:27pm

francovendee wrote:
reohn2 wrote:We need a thousand of his calibre,most major heads of state today couldn't lace his boots.

Miss read your post to couldn't lick his boots :lol:

Same difference :wink:
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Ben@Forest » 13 Feb 2020, 9:52am

A hero, but a hero because he could not get his hands politically dirty for 27 years. By the time of his arrest which led to his incarceration he had turned, however reluctantly, to violent methods to overthrow apartheid.

I'm not saying that was necessarily wrong, obviously the actions of the white government at the time were criminally violent, but he wouldn't be held in the same esteem if had gone a lot further down that path. He became a legend, ironically, through the actions of apartheid rule.

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby reohn2 » 13 Feb 2020, 10:02am

He could've left prison a very bitter and angry man of great power,but he didn't.
That's what made him great.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Ben@Forest » 13 Feb 2020, 10:04am

reohn2 wrote:He could've left prison a very bitter and angry man of great power,but he didn't.
That's what made him great.


True.

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby 100%JR » 13 Feb 2020, 10:48am

I was at the "Free Nelson Mandela" concert at (the old)Wembley Stadium in 1988.A young 20 year old who cared and thought he could make a difference :lol: