By W. McIntyre

This lucid consultant meets the necessity for an up to date review of the modern Commonwealth. It has a succinct part on its old history and offers consciousness to symbols and to the "People's Commonwealth" of voluntary enterprises, activities, and enterprise. It highlights severe questions of stability that experience emerged among the relative roles of governments and legitimate businesses, voluntary institutions, and personal enterprise.

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Rhodesia defied the independence-by-persuasion-and-dialogue method so extolled by Arnold Smith. This can only be understood as the end-product of Rhodesia’s unique and anomalous position in the former empire. UDI became a possibility in 1964 when the prime minister of Southern Rhodesia was not invited to Commonwealth meetings where his predecessors had been observers for over a quarter of a century. The key point in understanding these issues is that Southern Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) had, in fact, never been ruled from London like the other colonies.

The Canadian and New Zealand prime ministers did not refer to the idea, but Menzies of Australia gave general support. 9 After the meeting, Nkrumah sent a memorandum to Douglas-Home explaining his ideas. Starting with a quotation from John Holmes’s article in The Times about fostering understanding, he argued that the CRO’s dual role of distributing information for all members and being the British FO-forthe-Commonwealth were incompatible. The Secretariat and the 1971 Declaration 25 The same view was taken by Sir Saville Garner of the CRO, who warned Douglas-Home that, in view of all the African enthusiasm, it might be damaging to reject the idea.

For Britain, the prospect of a ‘loyal Dominion’ as a counterpoise to South Africa now suddenly became attractive. The Conservative governments of the 1950s still regarded the Commonwealth as a small club for big members. The Federation went ahead in 1953 against the wishes of its African majority peoples, who were not consulted. Thus African nationalist parties became vocal in all three territories, demanding the same rights Rhodesia’s UDI and the Crisis of the 1960s 33 as Ghanaians and Nigerians.

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