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  • Monday, May 30, 2005

    Brown slammed for "imperial nostalgia"

    The Telegraph has this report:

    While in Tanzania, Mr Brown said the "days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over". Earlier, he had declared: "We should be proud … of the Empire." Mr Mbeki discovered the comments on the internet and then wrote a furious, 2,102-word missive for the latest issue of ANC Today, the newsletter of the ruling African National Congress. Mr Mbeki said that Africa was being "demonised" by an "age-old white stereotype that we as Africans are sexually depraved". The president then accused Mr Brown, "the presumed successor to Tony Blair", of peddling imperial nostalgia.
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    7 Comments:

    At 5/30/2005 05:02:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    For once I agree with Brown. SA will be a lot better off once Mbeki is replaced too.

     
    At 5/31/2005 02:36:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    So those stupid brown people should not be left to running their own affairs? Better they are under foreign control?

     
    At 5/31/2005 11:40:00 am, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Anonymous, at the time Brown made those comments I thought that they left a nasty taste in the mouth. There were a lot of injustices carried out under imperial rule, just as there are many injustices carried out in the current US imperialistic adventures. Brown should not have stated what he did in the way that he did.

     
    At 5/31/2005 05:06:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I suspect what Brown meant was something along the lines of these places have been independent long enough that they just can't credibly blame whitey for all their problems.
    Hard to tell, most of the article was about Mbeki's rant than about anything useful.

    Colonial rule wasn't perfect but a lot of good was done even tho' it's not PC to say so. I bet there's many in, say, Zimbabwe who'd take Smith back for a while let alone the British.

     
    At 5/31/2005 10:36:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Looks like I'm going to dig out the Immanuel Kant quote as well as some relevant history...

     
    At 5/31/2005 11:56:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Kant quotes do zero for helping a country with problems but they satisfy the self-righteous of course.

     
    At 6/02/2005 03:03:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Kant quotes can expose the enemies of liberty and show that people have a right to be free.

     

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