Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mugabe stripped of knighthood

At long last, Her Majesty the Queen has acted on the advice of her Ministers and has revoked the honorary KCB awarded to Robert Mugabe on the recommendation of John Major in 1994. It is unacceptable that the Government has continued to permit this tyrant to revel in the delusion that the United Kingdom honours him at all.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that Mugabe has 'mutated into something that is quite unbelievable', and that he has 'turned into a kind of Frankenstein for his people'.

The Foreign Office states that the action is for President Mugabe's 'abuse of human rights' and his 'abject disregard' for democracy.

Since the former has been known for years, it must be the latter which has persuaded David Miliband of the need to act.

Cranmer wonders who else at this time might be deserving of public rebuke, humiliation and the withdrawal of privileges and honours for their abject disregard for democracy.

10 Comments:

Blogger nate said...

Thank God. However, much more than just an honorary title needs to be stripped from this man.

25 June 2008 at 18:23  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Stripped of his honorary knighthood, the Zimbabwe cricket team banned; all these are just pinpricks to this monster. I wonder whether he is cowering in his presidential palace tonight?

Not likely!

He is likely to stay on and on, until either he is struck down by a terminal illness, an assassin's bullet or suffers a palace coup. In the latter event, he'll escape like Idi Amin into luxorious exile, protected from international justice and never answer for his crimes.

25 June 2008 at 22:07  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that Mugabe has 'mutated into something that is quite unbelievable', and that he has 'turned into a kind of Frankenstein for his people'.

Scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In modern popular culture, people have tended to refer to the Creature as "Frankenstein"

Is Archbishop Desmond Tutu referring to Mugabe as the monster, or his creation?

25 June 2008 at 22:25  
Anonymous some english bloke said...

ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...
"Stripped of his honorary knighthood, the Zimbabwe cricket team banned; all these are just pinpricks to this monster"

Quite so, send in the SAS ( if there are a few left not bogged down in Iraq or Afghanistan ) and stab this ragged old monster to death before the Euro liberals finally capture what is left of our Foreign Policy.

25 June 2008 at 22:28  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

about time !

I found this in my book of quotations

"cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen.I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabewe. I want our nation to be nation of gentlemen."

president robert mugabe (no date)

25 June 2008 at 23:26  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Some english bloke said 'send in the SAS'

A cruise missile with his name on it might do the trick

25 June 2008 at 23:32  
Anonymous Stonemason said...

Power corrupts, absolutely, should we be surprised.

To send the cruise missile will reduce the grumpy old catholic to the level of Mugabe.

He, that is Mugabe, will eventually go, soon one expects, then is the time to support the replacements, making sure such violence is eradicated from this part of the world.

26 June 2008 at 07:32  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Moral equivalence between UGOC and Mugabe? That would make von Stauffenburg morally equivalent to Hitler because of his assassination attempt.

The powerful argument against assassination is that in the perverted politics of Africa, this would turn Mugabe into a Saint, brought down by the evil West.

All we can do is pray that the monster antagonises Israel. They would know what to do. (vide Entebbe and Amin 30 years ago)

26 June 2008 at 08:57  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The Foreign Office states that the action is for President Mugabe's 'abuse of human rights' and his 'abject disregard' for democracy.

So that's how you get an Un-Knighthood - the citation looks pretty good, I suppose it gets gazetted in the London Gazette for good measure.

27 June 2008 at 07:33  
Blogger Unsworth said...

"it must be the latter which has persuaded David Miliband of the need to act."

Your Grace is so much more charitable than many. I would have assessed Milliband's 'motivation' entirely differently.

A cursory examination of Milliband's voting record would tend to demonstrate his true position on 'Democracy', but perhaps we are witnessing a Damascene transformation....

27 June 2008 at 09:30  

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