“Imagine how you would react if Gordon Brown opened and closed his election rallies by bursting into a song called Bring Me My Machine Gun, swaying and jigging to the hypnotic chorus of this menacing ditty.
And how would you feel if the Prime Minister were alleged to be taking campaign money from Colonel Gaddafi; faced 783 counts of fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and corruption which somehow never came to court; and had been acquitted of rape while his fearsome supporters mobbed the courthouse?
Then ponder how you would despair if, despite all these things, Mr Brown's party was certain to win the election whatever he did or said.
If you can picture all this happening here, then you have an inkling of the horrible process South Africa is now going through. Except it is much, much worse” – DailyMail.co.uk
For a supposed political blog, I've kept pretty quiet about the situation in South Africa, the country of my birth. There is a very good reason for that. I am sad and despondent about the state of affairs in South Africa. I believe that a rapist and fraudster is about to become president and I am ashamed to admit that in the rush to go on holiday to South Africa, I forgot to register to vote here in the UK. That means that according to my own morals and values, I have given up my right to complain about whoever does win the election.
People fought for the right to vote of all minority groups, whether they be based on gender, race, nationality or class. I believe it is our right to vote but it is also an obligation - one that I forfeited and I am not proud of that fact. I can assure you I will never make the same mistake again.
Therefore, you won’t find too much on this blog on South African party politics. If I find evidence of human rights violations, I will certainly report on that. I may also one day report on the crime situation in South Africa, when I am able to take an objective stance and report fairly on the situation. I know too many people who were murdered, raped or who were victims of other violent crimes in South Africa, myself included, and it is too soon for me to report on it.
I maintain that I will return to South Africa when the crime situation is brought under control and I wouldn’t really care who is in power then and what their politics or past crimes may be. The saddest thing is that I am not sure this will happen before I turn 50.