ZIMBABWE RHODESIA: Return of the Union Jack

A British lord rules a wayward colony—for a while

British imperial rule was temporarily brought back to Africa last week by a tall, well-fleshed Englishman named Christopher Soames. A police band played God Save the Queen as the 59-year-old diplomat, a son-in-law of Winston Churchill, stepped briskly from his Royal Air Force VC10 onto the tarmac of Salisbury Airport. Lord Soames thus be came the first British Governor of Rhodesia since the colony's rebellious white minority illegally declared independence 14 years ago.

Hours earlier, the Parliament of Zimbabwe Rhodesia had met for the...

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