In an extraordinary video clip released on Tuesday, Theresa May – interviewed by Channel 4’s Michael Crick just before she visited the Robben Island cell in which Nelson Mandela was held for decades – was asked directly by Crick whether, as a young Tory under Margaret Thatcher, she agreed with Thatcher’s opinion that Mandela was a terrorist.
She avoided the question:
It would have been simple enough to say ‘No, of course not’ – but May sidestepped instead and parroted a meaningless soundbite.
May’s evasiveness suggests there must be evidence of her agreement with Thatcher that she is afraid will turn up if she denies it explicitly. Get in touch if you know of it.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, of course, appears in a now-famous picture taken at the time, being escorted away by police with an anti-apartheid sign around his neck.
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