1900-1919 | Famine | Racism | South Africa

Africans starved to save the white garrison of Mafeking

[ 17 May 1900 ] On 17 May 1900, a British army relieved the besieged city of Mafeking during the Second Boer War. It led to street celebrations across Britain and the commander of the besieged garrison, Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, became a national hero.  B-P had ruthlessly maintained food stocks for British troops and European…

1980-1989 | Backing Apartheid

22 OCTOBER

34 CONSERVATIVE MPS HOLD INVESTMENTS IN APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA [ 22 0ctober 1985 ] On this day in 1985, a Labour Party press release revealed that 34 Conservative MPs held investments in apartheid South Africa and that the previous year at least nine had visited South Africa as guests of the South African government. The…