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Group of old politicians make desperate plea for attention

Let me introduce the soi-disante 'Elders', "a group of leaders [convened] to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems". Source, registration required.

And now for the fun bit, a little light fisking of the track records of some of these elders:

Nelson Mandela - who is now 89.

Graça Machel - Happens to be married to Nelson Mandela, and one time minister in the one party state that was Mozambique on her then husband's watch.

Desmond Tutu - Given to less than nuanced comment on Israel.

Kofi Annan - A conspicuous success as UN secretary general....

Ela Bhatt - Indian woman involved in micro finance.

Gro Harlem Brundtland - Former Nowegian PM, who apparently 'suffers' from "electrosensitivity or electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) - ...a condition in which a person experiences physical and/or psychological symptoms that they report, against established scientific and medical opinion[citation needed], to be aggravated by electric or magnetic fields (EMF) or other electromagnetic waves at exposure levels tolerated by the general public".

Jimmy Carter - Words fail me.

Li Zhaoxing - A Chinese Communist.

Mary Robinson - Former Irish President

Muhammed Yunus - also involved in micro finance.

(Spot the Elder who could conceivably be described as *not* being on the Left)

I would not expect much even by way of pious bromides from this group, as "In 2001 [Peter] Gabriel and [Richard] Branson [took] their idea to Mandela and Graça Michel. Mandela is immediately enthusiastic...sets about bringing together the people you see today". So, it took six years to round up the other elders, and put out a press release. Very dynamic.


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Anonymous Nomad said... 12:44 pm

Is the Mugabe regime included in their "world's toughest problem"?  

Anonymous verity said... 1:20 pm

Croydonian, I asked over on Iain's if anyone knew Saki's last words. I specified no cheating by looking it up. Someone signing in as Sredni Vastar says he knows Newmania doesn't know.

This is your chance! Do you know? Doubtless Sredni Vastar will gravitate over here to see if either of you got the answer ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:23 pm

Can't say that I can find it, but it was 'Put that bloody cigarette out, or words to that effect.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:27 pm

As in I could not find the thread. But I have done now. Cub's honour, I did not cheat.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 1:47 pm

Mary Robinson, of course, also held the UN position of Human Rights Commissioner from 1997 to 2002. Many of us will remember the way she presided over the "UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racial Intolerance" that took place in South Africa in 2001.
The UN conference singled out Israel as the world’s greatest abuser of human rights. "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", was openly sold on the grounds where the conference was held.
Although Robinson never exhibited any signs of being anti-Semitic herself, she did state at the end of the Jew-bashing fest that the conference was "a success".
I am surprised that the EU hasn't found a comfy role for the woman...  

Anonymous verity said... 2:18 pm

He was in the trenches and it was night time and very dark. Someone lit a cigarette and Saki said, "Put that bloody match out!"

Too late. A German soldier had seen the telling glow, shot in its direction, and killed H H Munro.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:19 pm

BTW, WWI is where the legend that it is bad luck for three people to get a light from the same match comes from. It kept the match alight long enough for the enemy to get a bead.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:14 pm

Yes, it does seem strange,Stamboul Tory, because she is very much with the communist/one-worlder programme, plus she's a woman. Too bad she's not black.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:23 pm

What a delightful crew they are, eh?

I think I was pretty close on the HH Munro quote....  

Anonymous verity said... 3:37 pm

Yes, Croydonian, you were very close. But no cigar. Oh, OK, then, a cigar,given that you like them so much. But you have spelled Desperate wrongly in your headline.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:43 pm

Oh dear. Not at my best today - lack of sleep rather than over-indulgence.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:26 pm

Where is Newmania in this Saki-fest?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:39 pm

He looks to be engaging in a tag team leftie baiting exercise with Hitch chez Dale.

I'm meeting him later and will have words about his fellow Sakiphiles seeking his input.  

Blogger Ross F said... 7:29 pm

Isn't it nice to see that the success of the Zimmers has inspired imitators?  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 10:40 pm

poor old Roy Hattersley, he will be so bitter to see this; as usual...  

Anonymous verity said... 10:49 pm

Re the first sentence of your post, are you sure soi-disant has an e on the end?  

Anonymous verity said... 12:06 am

Oh, God! This is funnier than we thought! [Plse excuse, can't do links, but it's worth the laugh: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YTFhOGRiY2IxOGE5NDNhMjhkNmNmZGZiZGQ1MTc2NTY=  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 1:29 am

I copied & pasted yr link successfully (big task fr me!). But I was too gob-smacked to LOL.

As the little man who represents the apple iphone says "you're shitting me?". What next: they ask for government money? Funding from the UN (that'll turn the yanks purple)? They'd be better off on big brother. "Insignificant Relation Big Brother" anyone?  

Blogger Vindico said... 9:01 am

Croydonian, we met last night at the TFA meeting. I'm the 'raving libertarian'! my blog's at http://vindicovindico.blogspot.com  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:08 am

Vindico - good to see you. Me too...

Time for a bit of mutual blog rolling?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:31 am

Here's a click through. Verity is right - it is pure gold.  

Blogger Vindico said... 12:26 pm

"Vindico - good to see you. Me too...

Time for a bit of mutual blog rolling? "

Absolutely. Consider yourself rolled!  

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