Yesterday’s piece by John Cumming in Northern Miner
about the Minera IRL (MIRL.L) (IRL.to) saga was obviously heavily biased towards Team Hodges (for example calling Daryl Hodges “savvy” and implying he had something to do with raising the $70m from COFIDE when in fact the charlatan is only savvy about money when it involves his own back pocket), but hey…there’s ignorance everywhere. However, it’s one of those rare occasions when the racist element in mining in South America, by which we refer to all you White Men With Burdens
who come this way to kindly teach the locals and then start moaning when they don’t react the way you require, shows its ugly head.
“If the Benavides-led group wins the day, Minera IRL Ltd. will quietly
disappear into Peru’s mountains and jungles as the potential riches of
the Ollachea gold project are squandered, and the town of Ollachea will
ineluctably return to its centuries-long roots as a small-minded
artisanal mining community, rather than an emerging modern mining camp.”
The problem here: You get to hear this type of crap from the voices of White Male Miners in South America far too much, but it’s normally when the hour is late, the wine bottles are three quarters done and the music is low. The sentiment above is all too common, the only rarity is seeing it in print.
For the record John Cumming, aside from the fact that you don’t know what you’re talking about and aside from the way the “natives-with-feathers-in-their-hair” have already put together a $240m financing deal without the help of Canada, you’re a piece of shit.
UPDATE: Best mail so far comes from reader ‘BB’:
“I almost choked on my muffin this morning when I read that quote from
the loser at that publication without an editor. I guess they have free
WiFi at The Pilot where I’m assuming he wrote it.”
Yup. Once upon a time ‘Northern Miner’ was the media of record for the mining industry. Oh how the mighty fall. John Cumming would be instantly dismissed for that type of racist scumbaggery in any publication worth its salt. NM is one of those that hasn’t atrophied and died with a bang, but with a whimper.