The Commonwealth: Opening & Closing the Door

Harold Wilson returned to Britain last week full of hope for a settlement of the Rhodesian crisis. He had had four days of "serious talks" with an almost endless parade of 126 leading Rhodesians, and, as he told Parliament, "no one, British or Rhodesian, has been able to hear the views of so many leaders of opinion, African or European, for very many years." Out of them had come an agreement for a joint Royal Commission that had, for the time being at least, headed off Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's threats to issue an immediate unilateral declaration of...