Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Today programme this morning (BBC Radio 4) said that no European leaders would speak at the Nelson Mandela memorial service held today in Johannesburg.  Is this meant to be a reproach to the Europeans?  If EM Forster were alive today would he sum up the post-1990 European attitude to Mr Mandela as: 

"Here is an African that almost behaved like a gentleman. But for the colour of his face, we might even let him join the club" (I have substituted the word African for the word Indian).

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