I have had impossible internet connection for the last
couple of days – therefore have not yet
been able to boast about my appearance on the BBC World Service’s radio programme ‘Have your Say’ Tuesday morning. I was awoken from my slumber by someone
calling from London saying that they had been reading my blog and wanted to
know if I could take part in a panel discussion about the Mali situation, which
would coincide with Tuesday’s big meeting in Brussels about Mali’s future. ‘Well
I am not much good at this sort of thing’ I said. I am likely to freeze if I
think I am talking alive to the whole world! Oh, but it is not the whole world,
said the producer, it is only 200 000 000!
I agreed to take
I am particularly happy that I got the last say, just a minute
from the end of the programme when I managed
to object to the BBC’s Mark Doyle’s
comment that ‘Mali now wants training for its Army in order to be able
to ‘crush the North’ or something similar. I said that I didn’t think it was
unreasonable for Mali to want a well trained army, and that it was in order to be able to defend itself against
possible future attacks from Jihadists, not to ‘crush the north’! I very nearly
got an apology out of him! Anyway, it was fun...
And yesterday the air rather went out of the balloon- or
the football!- for Mali as their team was defeated 4-1 by Nigeria in the
semi final of the African Cup...