Friday, June 13, 2008

Real courage

While the Tory party has been trumpeting David Davis' courage in risking his political career to make his political point, there's an example of real courage. On the PM programme yesterday, Ian Pannell interviewed an MDC voter who had been taken with his fellow supporters to a 'meeting.' They were lined up and told that they were going to be taught a lesson for voting for the MDC. They were then badly beaten and the victim reported that some people died as a result. When their attackers left, the people were warned that if the vote went the same way during the run-off, then they would return with bullets.

Even though this man was lying in a hospital bed after sustaining a thorough beating by Mugabe's goons, he was still determined to vote MDC when the election run-off is held later this month.

That is political courage over a point of principle.

More from Ian Pannell.

5 comments:

Praguetory said...

Your party has done nil to address this disgusting abuse of human rights.

PoliticalHack said...

And how do you want it addressed? I suppose we could invade, but that's got a chequered record, particularly as Mugabe's blamed everything on the US and the UK. Our diplomats are trying to see what's going on in the country, with mixed success. The solution has to be an African one and the answer lies with South Africa, which seems happy to allow Mugabe to run riot with his thugs and completely destroy what should be a fertile, wealthy country.

Praguetory said...

Mugabe and Mbeki's wives are sisters. There will be no African solution. I'm not suggesting invasion. Assassination is long overdue.

Anonymous said...

Errr.. is incitement to murder a criminal offence?

PoliticalHack said...

Quite apart from the legal niceties of offing a foreign leader - not something that any government does lightly and not as straightforward as some thriller writers would have you believe, do you honestly believe that it would lead to a better replacement leader? Don't you just think that it would provide an excuse for the military to launch a more open coup attempt.