Dispatches: Bring on the New Dishes

Bring on the New Dishes

In 1966 Hendrik Verwoerd, the mastermind of apartheid, died by an assassin's hand on the floor of South Africa's House of Assembly (the scuffle marks are still visible), and his bronze bust continues to glower from its plinth in the old entrance hall. One imagines he would never have countenanced the vibrant scene last week, as the House opened its new session complete with tribal dress in the back benches. But Verwoerdian notions about decorum, among other topics, no longer hold sway in a government whose face has changed dramatically overnight. Parliament, with its stuffy, Westminster-style affectations, has already begun to...

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