South Africa House, Trafalgar Square 1:30 pm December 6 2013
Following the death of Nelson Mandela yesterday evening, crowds gathered outside South Africa House in Trafalgar Square today, and there were orderly lines of the many who wished to sign the condolence book. Included were the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Boris Johnson the Mayor of London, ironically both members of the Thatcher worshipping wing of the Tory party.
Cameron of course repudiated the party line on Mandela years ago - and Boris Johnson did so in no uncertain terms today, I am sure not for the first time. There are only a few cold warriors left thank goodness, stuck in the time warp of seeing the world as a battle between "communists" and "protectors of freedom" (eg Reagan and Thatcher). Well of course Putin is still around.......
So a secular saint has passed on - an astonishing life, a miraculous man.