The Commonwealth: The Day That Wasn't

First there was "Empire Day" in Britain, which was just fine when there was an empire to celebrate. But then the empire began to crumble, so "Commonwealth Day" took its place. Which, in turn, was just fine when there was a nice, strong, united Commonwealth to celebrate. But last week, when Commonwealth Day rolled around once again, there was not much of anything to celebrate. Uganda's King Freddy was in flight, and in South America the troubled colony of British Guiana—still under a state of emergency— went its independent way. In fact, things were reaching such an un-Commonwealth pass...

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