Mandela’s release from prison was symbolic of the end of apartheid. The World Trade Center terror attacks are synonymous with the War on Terror and the second Gulf War. Tonight’s election debate will impact this forthcoming general election and every election hereafter.
I’ve enjoyed, as a student of American politics, fifty years of Presidential election debates. The idea of millions of television screens broadcasting the debate between those clamouring for the public vote has been revised and reproduced around the world and has finally landed on a screen near you.
This is a chance to engage our generation in politics like none other. Don’t take too much notice of who’s got the most make-up on, who stumbles and who shines. This is a chance to critically assess each leader’s credentials, an opinion you can express in the ballot box in a few weeks time.
You don’t recall “what you were doing when apartheid rule ended”, or “what you were wearing during the Iraq war”, it is the singular monumental events we associate with these periods that we remember. Tonight, I wholeheartedly appeal to you: Be part of history.