Harry Phibbs, a Hammersmith councillor who was then prominent in the Federation Of Conservative Students FCS, said.:
“A group of people at Warwick University made stickers that were a parody of the stickers people were wearing saying ‘Free Nelson Mandela and all ANC prisoners’, which said ‘Hang Nelson Mandela and all ANC terrorists’.The FCS was disbanded by Norman Tebbit, the party chairman. This was for publishing an article, penned by Harry Phibbs (above ), following Nikolai Tolstoy's accusation that former Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was complicit in war crimes for his involvement in the forced repatriation of Cossack prisoners of war to Soviet Russia in the aftermath of World War II.
“The motive was to disrupt the conference of the National Union of Students [NUS]. It was never proposed by the FCS officially. I suspect that it wasn’t even a view really held by the people who produced that sticker. It was a rather immature way to stir things up.”
Si it was disbanded not for backing apartheid but for attacking a former party leader.
Whilst s Student a a mature student at Aberystwyth I was generally shocked when Conservatives students
- Dressed in Springbok rugby jerseys in order to show their support for the South African apartheid regimes .Some of whom greeted each other with Nazi salutes claiming they were being ironic.
- Racially abused a member of the Student Union Staff for which individual members were suspended from the Union.
- Went on a drinking Binge to celebrate the rise of Adolf Hitler to power. Which was too much for the Conservatives
- themselves and they were disbanded.from the current association emerge.
I have no reason this was not replicated throughout the University system at the time.
Cameron et al may be innocent but some of those they associated with were guilty of supporting Apartheid and if you can at least claim that Norman Tebbit was not being hypocritical
“He (Mandela) was the leader of a political movement which had begun to resort to terrorism.”
But one wonders how many of those praising Mandela also condemned him in the past.
And how many preferred the Apartheid Regime that denied the majority of it Citizens the basic rights of democracy in being able to vote?
How many have really changed?