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December 07, 2003
Blair speaks right now
as the panel of leaders meets to decide the fate of Zimbabwe. One Independent on Sunday journalist reckons
he knew the outcome last night.
On Sky TV
Tony Blair insists that the impasse is not a black versus white
issue and names Kenya, Ghana and The Gambia as being in favour of continued suspension. He could have included most sub-Saharan countries. If anything this is shaping up as a north versus south Africa problem, with a sprinkling of discontent from some of the smaller island states.
Last word on the Blair toilet story
to Cathy Buckle
I don't believe Mr Blair.The situation on the ground is obvious
He's talking about the loyalties of the named governments. But it would be good to hear more about the situation on the ground!
Its black against white.Whites still want to treat black countries like their colonies.By the way I'm not a racist but a white .That is what I meant by situation on the ground.
I'm putting together a piece on the nature of commonwealth later and the often conflicting attitudes of people towards it. It would be useful if you could give on the ground examples of what you mean?
Is it possible that, given the 'black vs. white issue' that the 'black' people may resent the 'white' people at some grassroots level?
I don't know, but I find it hard to believe that the middle ground is so messy because of only one side... I'm not even sure that this is about colour as it is about nationality. Then again, I am not in Africa, nor have I ever been... but the question remains.
Perhaps there are attitudes within cultures that make this all difficult for everyone involved?