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January 07, 2007

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dearieme

Mrs T brought us Mugabe. In her early years in office, whenever she gave way to her cabinet colleagues she was wrong. By the end, she´d realised that and stopped listening to them, which was also wrong.

Richard

Mugabe was a fairly typical African leader until only a few years ago (hence I dismiss the comment of "dearieme"), when he panicked at the prospect of losing an election and decided to rule by fear. His crackpot scheme of "Africanising" agriculture is what has crippled this once rich country. If he had just taken the farms from the whites and given to the black farm workers it would not be so bad, but he just gave them to his cronies, who knew little of farming and just treated them as weekend retreats.

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