So, today the saintly Nelson Mandela is 92. And I have to admit, as a rather cynical person, I have a grudging admiration for the man.
He may not have achieved much post Apartheid, but at least he appears to not be an outright cunt like so many of his peers. It was inevitable that he was going to be showered with riches upon his release, but he appears not to have gone looking for any more. He took his task of healing the nation seriously and even though the roots of reverse racism took place under his rule, I don't think his intentions were malign.
And remember, this was a man who advocated killing random strangers, black or white, to bring about change.
I once met a man who'd been on Robben Island for even longer than Nelson Mandela, he was the nicest, gentlest person you could ever hope to meet, it was hard to imagine that he'd once actually killed random people by planting bombs.
I think it's probably that 25-odd years in a shithole prison are enough to knock the cuntishness out of anyone, really.
And so I have a suggestion to improve the level of political discourse and aspiration in this country. In order to stand for parliament, you have to spend 25 years in a maximum security shithole run by vicious bastards who fucking hate you. After your sentence is complete, you are free to stand for parliament.
It really can't be any worse than the system we have today.