Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Lady


I don't have many heroes these days.  Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the few I have left.

A woman so fiercely dignified in her beliefs that for the last seven years she has been under house arrest in Burma completely cut off from the outside world.  Yesterday she was released.

To the people of Burma she is a symbol of hope, the slimmest of signs that democracy can find their country but to the rest of us she's an inspiration.  I doubt if the Burmese authorities, led by a man who moved the nations capitol on the advice of an astrologer (?!!), will allow her to make a jot of difference to the way Burma is run.  But that she's free will lift the people and bring a little hope.

For that, on Remembrance Sunday, we should be grateful.  One of the most important women on the planet might, just might, start being able to do what she believes she's here for.  To make a difference.