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Via Mandela

R.W. Johnson, 5 January 1989

Higher than Hope: ‘Rolihlahla we love you’ 
by Fatima Meer.
Skotaville, 328 pp., R 15, July 1988, 0 947009 59 0
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... in the world,’ he said at his trial. (Mandela had visited the Commons to meet Hugh Gaitskell and Jo Grimond on a secret trip out of South Africa in 1962.) Arriving in Johannesburg in 1941, Mandela was quickly recruited into the ANC by the remarkable Walter Sisulu, the grandfather of a whole ANC generation. Sisulu (who, at 76, is still in jail and well ...

Betting big, winning small

David Runciman: Blair’s Gambles, 20 May 2004

... fate. After the traumas of Suez, the Tory Party sought, in the words of the then Liberal leader Jo Grimond, ‘to put the country back to sleep’, and they more or less succeeded: Macmillan won the 1959 election comfortably, fighting on domestic issues, and Suez hardly featured at all during the campaign. While prime minister, Macmillan steadfastly ...

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