Saturday, 7 December 2013

Flags on council buildings flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for Nelson Mandela

The Civic Mayor Cllr Joe Kitchen, was joined by senior councillors and staff as they queued to sign the Book of Condolence opened in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday 5 December 2013.

Cllr Kitchen said: “To mark his passing we have lowered the flags on our buildings to half-mast and opened Books of Condolence which are on display at Ashton’s town hall and customer services. If possible, please find the time to make the effort to sign it in memory of a man whose political legacy of non-violence and the condemnation of all forms of racism will continue to inspire us all.” Tameside Council

I am sure we all viewed in amazement the footage of mass hysteria in North Korea following the death of their Dear Great Leader Kim Jong-il. It was incredible to watch and if you need a reminder of those remarkable scenes click here to refresh your memory. At the time many Western commentators were asking what type of brainwashing could lead to such unbelievable scenes of grief for a person most of the mourners had never known. I wonder if the North Koreans are now asking themselves what kind of brainwashing has led many people in the West into a similar state hysteria following the death of Nelson Mandela? It is also worth remembering that as embarrassing as it was, the North Koreans were sent into a state of hysteria following the death of their own leader rather than the former head of state of a foreign country. 

As far as I am aware Nelson Mandela has never lived in, visited, or had any direct connection with the borough of Tameside so I find myself at something of a loss as to why local politicians are jumping on the Mandela bandwagon by lowering flags across the borough to half mast and opening this book of condolence. 

The passing of Mandela is undoubtedly a newsworthy event, but the media coverage which is the driving force behind the hysteria we are currently witnessing is way way out of proportion to the importance of the actual event of Mandela dying.

Cllr Kitchen talks of  Mandela's political legacy of non-violence but statistically speaking South Africa is one of the most dangerous and violent countries on earth. The shocking and rarely talked about taboo regarding violence and murder in South Africa is the targeted attacks and murders perpetrated against white farmers living in South Africa. For a real look at what life is like for some of the people of South Africa click here (warning: graphic content)

As for Mandela the man; it is an admirable quality to forgive ones former opponents. Mandela undoubtedly was a champion of his own people. If his legacy will be that of a better future for all South Africans remains to be seen.

To finish off I will list the things which lead to Mandela being jailed in the first place. The BBC are so emotionally involved in the event on which they are reporting that they are forgetting to report the whole Mandela story. This 'oversight' on behalf of the BBC and others is leading many uninformed individuals to believe that Mandela was jailed for no reason so to set the record straight:

Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. He had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists.

South African President P.W. Botha had, on a number of occasions, offered Nelson Mandela freedom from prison, if he would only renounce terrorist violence. This Mandela refused to do. - Invictus Idolatry

* The full list of munitions and charges read as follows:

• One count under the South African Suppression of Communism Act No. 44 of 1950, charging that the accused committed acts calculated to further the achievement of the objective of communism;

• One count of contravening the South African Criminal Law Act (1953), which prohibits any person from soliciting or receiving any money or articles for the purpose of achieving organized defiance of laws and country; and

• Two counts of sabotage, committing or aiding or procuring the commission of the following acts:

1) The further recruitment of persons for instruction and training, both within and outside the Republic of South Africa, in:

(a) the preparation, manufacture and use of explosives—for the purpose of committing acts of violence and destruction in the aforesaid Republic, (the preparation and manufacture of explosives, according to evidence submitted, included 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder and a ton of black powder);

(b) the art of warfare, including guerrilla warfare, and military training generally for the purpose in the aforesaid Republic;

(ii) Further acts of violence and destruction, (this includes 193 counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963);

(iii) Acts of guerrilla warfare in the aforesaid Republic;

(iv) Acts of assistance to military units of foreign countries when involving the aforesaid Republic;

(v) Acts of participation in a violent revolution in the aforesaid Republic, whereby the accused, injured, damaged, destroyed, rendered useless or unserviceable, put out of action, obstructed, with or endangered:

(a) the health or safety of the public;
(b) the maintenance of law and order;

(c) the supply and distribution of light, power or fuel;
(d) postal, telephone or telegraph installations;
(e) the free movement of traffic on land; and
(f) the property, movable or immovable, of other persons or of the state.

Source: The State v. Nelson Mandela et al, Supreme Court of South Africa, Transvaal Provincial Division, 1963-1964, Indictment.
Tameside Citizen


Tameside Citizen said...

Please think before posting and keep it respectful.

Anonymous said...

Where is our respect in Tameside TC

Anonymous said...

07/12/2013 13:48
That Anon post as above hit the nail bang on its head TC

Anonymous said...

Epitaph and google search engine and on amazon. Is there no end to this insanity?

The question is, was Nelson Mandela a role model said...

Nelson Mandela we will be endlessly reminded, was a man who through his unwavering determination, great courage, and immense personal authority, became an icon and totem of the black man’s struggle for freedom, social justice and self-determination, and ultimately became the victor in South Africa against the wickedness of the White man’s iniquitous racial supremacy.

As John Wayne use to say "I'm all for the white man" said...

5,000 white farmers murdered.

Anonymous said...

The question is was Nelson Mandela a role model article is a very well written piece.

Tameside Citizen said...

Sorry Alf, had to delete that as it was close to being illegal. In this day and age even a simple joke can be treated as a hate crime.

Anonymous said...

If they can come to my house wanting to interview me about Enoch Powell, and "just off the boat" then, you can be arrested for just about anything these days.

South Africa: Mandela's Destruction said...

Tribute to Nelson Mandela new South African anc government.

SerpentSlayer said...

I think as a leader, Mandela can easily be compared to Churchill. Both were men lauded for their leadership, force of character and determination.
Both led their countries through tough times, faced the hard decisions that come with it and were beloved by their people.
Both were men who bore no relation whatsoever to their public image.
Both presided over the death of their nations, both aided communism openly, both were happy to see civilians burned alive to further their careers.
Granted Mandela did what he did at least partly in the interest of his people, and Churchill, like his distant ancestor the duke of Marlborough, did what he did for his own financial gain.
Nonetheless, South Africa, a place where under apartheid other black Africans flocked to, is now a failed state plagued by violence, sinking from the first world to the third.
This is what we celebrate?
Had he been a white man fighting for the control of his nation for his race, would he be so celebrated?
Was David Lane celebrated at death, was Eugene Terreblanche? Was Adolf Hitler, who did far more for his people than Mandela could ever dream of for his?

Anonymous said...

Just wait for the funeral. Imagine the outpouring of grief at the funerals of Lady Di, The Queen Mother and Mother Theresa. Now times that by 100 and you will have some idea of what to expect. The public displays of wailing will shame anything Pyongyang could come up with.

tonydj said...

Let us not forget the ANC favoured method of punishment, necklacing. In this "non-violent" punishment a petrol soaked tyre is forced around a person's neck/shoulders or arms and then set on fire.

The military wing of the ANC was indeed the MK and it was led by the South African Communist Party, whose leader was Jo Slovo, a Lithhuanian. Mandela started his legal career in the firm of Lazar Sidelsky. It must be admitted that the ANC did have white members or supporters, for example Solly Sachs (the father of Justice Albie Sachs); Albie Sachs himself; Joe Slovo, who subsequently became minister of housing in President Mandela’s Cabinet, and Gill Marcus (whose father had been, for many years, the London bookkeeper of the exiled African National Congress), who became a deputy minister of finance in the Mandela Cabinet and is today the governor of the South African Reserve Bank.

Necklacing said...

Such a peaceful legacy.

licence fee payer said...

The BBC's coverage on this man is absolutely disgusting. Talk about OTT, Jeez!!!

John Brent said...

Complain on the BBC website, I have. They'd had so many by yesterday they put up a blocker saying they acknowledged the complaints but that Mandela was a significant figure etc etc. Ignore it, put your complaint in anyway in plain, civilised language and make sure you ask for a response. The BBC's deep, embedded latent Marxism and obsession with supposed Black victimhood has come bursting out in their chronically biased, saturation coverage of the death of a convicted African terrorist. It is essential to complain as by their own rules they are forced to log and investigate all complaints, if they go beyond a certain number and type it WILL have ramififcations in this appalling organisation.
The fact that they toned the coverage down after the first 18 hours of saturation eulogising shows they were starting to get the message based on the volume of complaints, but it needs to be hammered home so please take the time to complain, it only takes a few minutes, and tell any like minded people to do the same.

Grate Britain said...

We are all in this together.

Grate Britain said...

Well said that lady. It's what we are all thinking, or 95% of us.

Anonymous said...

Just flicked the news on to see if they have tired of the Mandela propaganda but no, both Sky and BBC still rehashing and repeating the same nauseating bull over and over again.

Defend the Right said...

Another totally perdictble anti-UKIP smear story - an offhand comment referring to illegal immigrants from five years ago, SO WHAT.
Tens of millions of Britons completely agree with her anyway and there's NOTHING WRONG WITH WANTING TO SEND THEM HOME.

Shop owner quizzed over Mandela joke said...

A sandwich shop owner endured an eight-hour grilling by police and had his computer seized for three weeks – after cracking sick Nelson Mandela jokes on the net.

Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs says he was quizzed, finger-printed and DNA swabbed following complaints about what he refers to as “Bernard Manning” gags.

In one, he posted: “My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.”

Anonymous said...

Hate crimes now cover such a wide rage of disabilities.
If you call someone tapped that suffers form bipolar effective disorder, you can be arrested for a hate crime.
Did you know that this bipolar effective disorder is a disability defined by the Equality act 2010?

Nothing is anyone's fault anymore said...

Sorry about that I'm suffering from Insensitivity Syndrome, I need treatment not criticism.

pass me the sick bucket said...

Bono, Oprah Winfrey and the Spice Girls at an extraordinary four-hour memorial service to honour Nelson Mandela.

SerpentSlayer said...

If only people would actually "remember" the man, typical human beings, more in love with ideas than reality.

He might as well add and fcuk you if you don't agree because your comments are worthless as far as we are concerned said...

BBC boss defends Nelson Mandela coverage after 850 complaints

The BBC News director has defended the corporation's coverage of Nelson Mandela's death, after 850 viewers complained that it had devoted too much airtime to the former South African president and not enough to the storms that lashed Britain's eastern coast.

James Harding apologised to anyone who thought the corporation did not do enough about the weather on its BBC1 10pm bulletin on Thursday night but said Mandela was a man of "singular significance" and the "most significant statesman of the last 100 years".

The BBC received about 850 complaints about the extent of its Mandela coverage, including its decision on Thursday evening to interrupt a repeat of sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys on BBC1 to bring viewers news of his death.

"Firstly I'm sorry if there are people who felt we didn't inform them of what was happening in the weather," Harding told the BBC's Newswatch programme on Friday.

"The decision-making is one around the significance of Nelson Mandela. Nobody needs a lecture on his importance but we are probably talking about the most important statesman, the most significant statesman, of the last 100 years, a man who defined freedom, justice, reconciliation, forgiveness. The importance of his life and marking his death seems extremely clear to us."

Anonymous said...

It's funny how Mandela is worshipped in every little aspect as though every feature of his personality is evidence of his godhood

Leftism is a religion and Mandela is a saint of it.

SerpentSlayer said...

Most important statesman of the last 100 years? And they use the illegal tax money gathered from the poor to pay this man?
What about JFK, Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, Mao, Lenin, Mussolini, Chamberlain, Lloyd George, Franco, Thatcher, I dislike many of these people but in terms of political leadership all of these men (Thatcher was no woman) outrank that fool of a man.

Wake up Whitey, you've been had said...

James Harding should tell us specifically what Mandela did that made him so great. He stood up for his people when he believed they were being oppressed, but so have many others. Try doing that as a White person and you won't be deified like St Nelson, but utterly vilified.
As a President he was an unmitigated disaster, corruption, crime, unemployment and poverty exploded under his Presidency (it wasn't 'leadership' by any stretch of the imagination).
Like Obama, Mandela is exempt from any criticism, even for his terrorism and is sanctified by the self-flagellating White Marxist liberals who infest the media and establishment in Britain because he embodies everything they love: supposed Black nobility (can't see much evidence of that in the violence ridden cesspit South Africa has become) in the face of supposed White oppression.

all hail the dead terrorist and forget the victims said...

The BBC are at it again, live from Soweto - utterly nauseating. It's interesting to see Obama, Bush, Clinton et al rubbing shoulders with Winnie Mandela. I what the parents of little Stompie make of that. The gushing BBC commentary is, even by their appalling standards truly sickening.

Anonymous said...

It's worth noting though that despite all the endless propaganda the Soweto stadium where the memorial event is taking place is half empty. Maybe the South African people are not as interested as the Western media brainwashing machines. Currently a Jewish BBC reporter is speaking to a black South African politician. The politician is praising Obamas speech and comparing it MLK's. He said what brilliant orators they are and he asked the BBC man if they have an oratory school yo which there was no answer. Both MLK and Obama speeches were never spontaneous and were always written by professional speech writers.

Never mind Where's Wally, WHO'S BARRY? said...

Obama's speeches are utterly predictable tedium full of dreary, moalising, socialist cant.