Wikipedia Nonsense

Wikipedia is, of course, a useful tool, but it also seems to have be adopted by the ‘useful idiots’ to spread their myths of victimhood.

I came across this section on the page about the South African republic:

Utter bollocks. Though hilarious.

So, yes: uneducated readers of Wikipedia will come away thinking that the Jameson Raid was ‘a British attack on the Transvaal’, rather than an attempted coup by the down-trodden Uitlanders and their supporters – a coup attempt which, indeed, led to the ring-leaders serving time in British prisons.

Then we are treated to that perennial throwaway, unsubstantiated claim of the True Believers: that the British were ‘building up massive numbers of troops on the borders of the Transvaal’. This is, of course, a pure fantasy. In reality, when the Boers started the war by invading British territory, they outnumbered the imperial garrison by between 2 and 3 to 1… so quite where the ‘massive numbers of British troops on the border’ had all disappeared to is anyone’s guess. Though True Believers never actually feel they need to justify their insane outbursts.

I love his justification for denying the Uitlanders basic voting rights too – ‘they were not citizens of the ZAR’- that really is a classic. Who is this utter moron?

And then, surprise, surprise, we are treated to a bit of Apartheid-era propaganda about the concentration camps, and he manages to skip over the war without mentioning that the Boers lost it.

The lesson is, of course, to take anything on Wikipedia with a pinch of salt.


  • Robert Hackney Posted April 1, 2019 4:45 pm

    Actually, I kind of see the Jameson raid as somewhat akin to the ‘Fenian Raids’ on Canada in the nineteenth century.

    • Bulldog Posted April 1, 2019 5:07 pm

      That’s an interesting analogy.

      One thing is for certain: the struggle by the Uitlanders to get a fair franchise is the only time a campaign for democracy by an oppressed group against a vile, racist regime has not been championed by the British Left… I wonder why that is?

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