From: Ian Barnes, Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.
IT was fantastic to see the amount of newsprint you gave to the passing of Nelson Mandela (Yorkshire Post, December 7).
Apart from the front page the whole of the middle pages was dedicated to this amazing man and what he achieved, mainly through non-violent means and his ability to forgive and bring opposing parties together in peaceful harmony.
It was interesting to see photographs of the many political leaders and celebrities he met after his release from prison, ranging from Yasser Arafat, Bill Clinton and John Prescott to Bono, David Beckham and many more who wished to meet this titan of a man.
What was noticeable was that there was no mention of Margaret Thatcher; it was almost as though she had been airbrushed out of this part of history.
To remind people, Thatcher refused to impose sanctions against that despicable regime of apartheid and she continued to pursue a policy which sacrificed black liberty in South Africa for western gain.
One should also not forget the Young Conservatives at the time, who turned out the notorious “Hang Mandela” poster, and it’s interesting to note some of those involved who hold power now. Nelson Mandela wanted one man, one vote, no matter what your skin colour was, he wanted democracy for all the people, it’s a pity we don’t have that here.
In addition, it is worth noting our present Prime Minister’s part in this shoddy tale when as a young Conservative researcher he went on an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa, organised and funded by Strategy Network International, an organisation created in 1985 to lobby against sanctions being imposed on that country.
I must also congratulate Channel Four News who, on December 6, exposed Margaret Thatcher’s grubby involvement in prolonging apartheid.
Little by little Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister will be exposed as a complete disaster for this country and not as the saviour some people would like to convince us she was.
From: Robert Heys, Bar Lane, Sowerby Bridge.
MUCH has rightly been written of the heroic and magnanimous life of the late Nelson Mandela, but I have seen no reference to the origin of his first name.
Is it possible that this represents a tribute by his parents to that great British maritime hero Admiral Horatio Nelson? I would certainly like to think so!
From: John Watson, Hutton Hill, Leyburn.
WE all know what a colossus Nelson Mandela was in South African politics.
We all know that his term in prison changed him from being a member of a terrorist organisation to a prominent South African politician and we also know that his humility in difficult times made him a world statesman.
However, do we have to be told all this a thousand times in the Press and on TV?