21 November 2007
Ian Douglas Smith, 1919 - 2007
Click the photo to visit one of the last pro-Rhodesian sites.
Ian Douglas Smith has died at the age of 88. If you want to read an obituary, then a fair one can be found here.
Smith and the Rhodesians were proto-Thatcherites who liked to pretend that they were self-sufficient pioneers. Actually most whites lived in Salisbury, the capital city, where most of them were employed as civil servants. They could never understand why Britain did not support them, but the reason was obvious to me during the time that I spent there: who on earth would want to support a gang of poujadist shopkeepers, bovine factory foremen and retired British army NCOs?
Today, when Tony Blair as Labour leader can stand at a Labour Conference and claim that Labour represents "those who strive" they would probably be held up by both main parties as people worth supporting, but then they were just regard as scum, as this 1980 article makes clear. Anyway, for the record, scum is what they were.
Had the Rhodesia Crisis happened in 2005 instead of 1965 things probably would have been very different. Those same fake-socialists who today cheer on the forward march of capitalism would, I have no doubt, have found something progressive in Ian Smith and his people. As it is they have to content themselves with the odd discrete call for the kaffir to be put firmly back in his place. That said, when they do, as this reply to a Drink Soaked Wankers For War posting demonstrates, they get put firmly in their place.