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Cameron hails ‘Africa’s Thatcher’

Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95, was in many ways the equal of the late Baroness Thatcher

David Cameron has paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela after his death at 95, calling him ‘Africa’s Thatcher’. “Both Mandela and Thatcher were figureheads for their respective nations”, the Prime Minister wrote in a book of condolences. “Both changed the world for the better. In many ways, Mandela was Thatcher’s equal. I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say Mandela will be missed just as much.”

Earlier, Cameron praised Mandela as “a personal inspiration. His continual struggle against the oppression of apartheid mirrors Margaret Thatcher’s against the unions, and my own, against the deficit left by the last Labour government. Nelson Mandela fought for the right of his country to be ruled by its majority, in exactly the same way as Margaret fought for the Falkland Islanders. In a very real sense, they were identical people.”

“Mandela never privatised the steel industry, of course”, he added, wiping a tear from his eye,  “but he was in prison for a long time, so he didn’t have the chance. We can forgive him that. He probably would’ve come down hard on inflation, too. We never spoke about the spare room subsidy removal, but I’m sure it would’ve had Nelson’s blessing.”

“This is a sad day for Conservatives everywhere, whose values align perfectly with Mandela’s. Those ‘Hang Mandela’ posters were a typo, of course. They were meant to say ‘Hang In There’.”

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