ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Eye-wash at Gibraltar

IF, as it now seems clear, Wilson and Ian Smith are meeting at Gibraltar with strong mental reservations on how far each is prepared to go, the failure of their talks is a foregone conclusion. All the evidence goes to show that the "Rhodesian Summit" is a fatuous exercise in hoodwinking the world and on Wilson's part, his own Labour Party. According to Wilson, normally a person who likes to hold his cards close to his heart, the biggest issue at the talks would be that of the "quota of elected Africans to be able to veto, in effect, any retrogressive amendment to the Rhodesian Constitution". On this, he told a BBC correspondent before he took the plane, in what is obviously a calculated effort to spike agreement in advance, he has had no assurances from Ian Smith. Did he expect any? There is nothing in Smith's past to indicate that he is travelling from Salisbury to Gibraltar in order to sign the death warrant of his special racial supremacist theory in which giving any sort of veto power to Africans howsoever carefully hand- picked does not obviously figure.

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