An accusation is circulating online about Cameron’s involvement in creating a poster calling for Nelson Mandela to be hanged.
The claim that David Cameron was “a top member of the Federation of Conservative Students” at the time they produced a poster calling for Nelson Mandela to be hanged, and calling all ANC members terrorists, has been circulating on Facebook and various blogs over the last few days. People are being asked to call hypocrisy on any tributes paid by Cameron when Mandela finally passes away.
Here’s the image being circulated:
It’s unclear whether the Federation of Conservative Students actually printed the poster, but make no mistake, they were total shits, being notorious for wearing ‘Hang Mandela’ t-shirts, printing stickers or other jolly japes, depending on who you ask. A commenter on Conservative Home claimed that the newest incarnation of the Tory youth wing, Conservative Future, were still singing a Hang Mandela song in “some of the better” university branches as recently as 2006.
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Sadly for the scandal-hungry masses, calling Cameron ‘a top member’ is decidedly vague, and it seems there is little or no evidence that Cameron was ever actually a member of the Federation of Conservative Students (although speaker of the house John Bercow was), let alone that he had anything to do with the poster. However, his trip to apartheid South Africa in 1989 on a fact-finding mission for the Conservative Research Department, paid for by Strategy Network International, a group created to lobby against imposing sanctions, is well documented.
The Thatcher government opposed placing sanctions on the racist regime, with Thatcher, Cameron’s political heroine, calling the ANC “a typical terrorist organisation”.
So while Cameron may not have anything to do with the poster, it’d still be best to regard any comments he makes on Nelson Mandela’s death with a heavy dose of scepticism. Still, someone should ask him about it, just to be sure.
Main image: Wikipedia Commons