Southern Rhodesia: The Ruination of Royboy


Sir Roy Welensky represented the white African dream. From humble beginnings (prizefighter and locomotive engineer) he rose to power on his dream of a vast Central African Federation composed of Southern Rhodesia, Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia. But last New Year's Eve that dream went aglimmering when the federation collapsed after black majorities won rule in two of the three territories.

Last week the rest of the dream drained away. Attempting a political comeback in Salisbury, Welensky was whipped in a by-election at the hands of Prime Minister Ian Smith's white-supremacist Rhodesian Front Party. Not that "Royboy" was all that sympathetic...

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