09 December, 2013
BBC R4 is running the Long Walk to Freedom as its morning book reading. Woman's Hour, which I blearily heard in my semi-sentient stupor, was dutifully interviewing some Saffer MP tart about Winnie.
At the time of writing the UK landing page of CiF features six different articles about the late Nelson Mandela. I think it's six, anyway: the CiF homepage often repeats links two or three times under different rubrics and I can't currently muster sufficient unbefuddledness to be sure I haven't double-counted.
In our culture there is a tradition of reticent positivity about the recently dead, but isn't it about time for a bit less of the nil nisi and a bit more of the plain old nil?
Not to be outdone by the Commies over at CIF, the DT's Peter Oborne weighs in with “There are very few human beings who can be compared to Jesus Christ. Nelson Mandela is one."
I nearly barfed myself inside out.