Goodbye Fidel

Most of my commentators, daisyfae, buff and dragonstar excepted, while contributing interesting comments, seem to have missed my point.
I was not writing in praise or condemnation of Fidel.
Perhaps Steve Bell from the Guardian explains my point in a manner somewhat better than my effort!
At least Fidel was an honest, “I seized control”,  dictator, not a dictator masquerading as a freely elected President!
There are political prisoners on BOTH side of the Guantanomo fence.
In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging,
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?
No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?
When tyrants tremble in their fear
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

7 responses to “Goodbye Fidel

  1. Only Archie could make this a cardigan moment, God love you darlin’, I thought Castro was masquerading as a freedom fighter but what do I know!

    I thought you were going to write in praise of Che? A most handsome murderer.

    I got your point – don’t get me started on Bush and Bliar. Bliar – that icon of Nu-Labour who re-arranges his socialist principles in order to climb up Bush’s backside. The only principle he ever has was ambition to rule. I’m noticing a trend in left-wing politics.

    Ahh, but this became a major protest song way back in the glorious days of the ’70’s when the world was being changed. We on the left have always had much better songs than those on the right. Perhaps writing in praise of Che is a little passe.

    As for ambition to rule, I have this vague feeling that it is not confined to the Left. Bush, Howard, Thatcher all spring to mind!


  2. Of course what I should have said is goodbye Castro and hello er… Castro.

    I said hello, Castro,……well, hello, Castro
    Its so nice to have you back where you belong
    You’re lookin swell, Castro…….i can tell, Castro
    You’re still glowin…you’re still crowin…youre still goin strong
    I feel that room swayin……while Cuban bands playin
    One of your old favourite songs from way back when
    So….. take his crap, fellas…….find him a new regime, fellas
    Castro’ll never go away again


  3. You know, Bush is supposed to be the conservative choice in American politics isn’t he? He’s a republican isn’t he? That means their answer to conservatism but in the UK it means you own a pub, no that’s a publican, sorry. Is a re-publican one who failed to keep a pub and is having another go? Well Bush couldn’t organise a… sorry. I digress.

    I cannot stand G Dubya, can’t stand the grinning git and don’t get me started on Bliar – so I’m not a party gal; if someone dons a Tory mantle and says ‘vote for me’ if they’re crap I’ll say so – it’s policies and peoples lives that matter, not playing politics.

    That is the same as saying you no longer follow your football team when you don’t agree with the team selection! Heresy!!!


  4. Nope, intelligence, rather than blind faith in anyone who wears a banner. Politics is not football; the results matter.

    Could it be that there is a Left wing politician out there who you would consider voting into office? Or does being on the Left automatically put a person into the “deluded” class?


  5. No – I rather like Jon Cruddas but it’s what they do that matters not which club they say they belong to – what I mean is that I’m interested in policies and tend to favour a conservative approach, but what I’ve found is that people who say they are one thing often behave in a way that belies that claim.

    I’m not the kinda gal who shouts loudly that I’m this or that and votes without thought – I’m a bit cynical I suppose; if a politician says ‘I’m whatever’ I’ll look at their behaviour in a spirit of ‘oh yeah, lets see it then’. For example, I’m not a fan of Cameron but I’m on the fence – it’s not make your mind up time yet.

    I have found that it matters little what an individual in Parliament wants or believes in. They are there to vote the Party Line.


  6. ..and I’ve noticed that politicians will change parties to chase power, so what does the name of the club actually mean??

    No, wrong question. All politicians are looking for power, but the name of the club determines how they will vote – here in Oz, the Party Line is Holy Writ!


  7. Not here in the UK Archie dear – everyone is after the centre ground are all parties are pretty much interchangeable with very little difference. The Liberals are probably the most weak and wet.

    The opinion poll will be the death of democracy!


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