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Anger at France drives Rwanda into arms of the Commonwealth
Times Online Link
Mozambique joined despite never having been a British colony. Possibly surprising only that more non-former colonies haven't given the opportunities provided to improve links with neighbours through the Commonwealth.
Now that NuLab changed the law so Commonwealth Citizens can vote in UK elections Rwanda should be superb to fill up all those gaps in British cities where housing could protect green spaces and trees.
When Britain's population hits 100 million maybe Labour will start paying Exit Premia for the "Native English" to emigrate.
Why the hell do we want a "Commonwealth" ? we said goodbye to Empire. The only Commonwealth worth having was run by Oliver Cromwell and I am starting to regret its passing
The best bit about this is it really really will wind the frogs up
The same Frogs who have accused Paul Kagame of kicking off the genocide by shooting down the previous presidents aircraft?
Sounds like a bit of handbags at dawn to me.
It was always known as 'The British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations'. Why do we need more basket cases as members when all that will happen is handouts to them and immigrants to us?
Africa et al still blames the 'colonialists/imperialists' for their ills but they love to get the shekels off us and of course, indirect access to UK by virtue of membership. Just what we need. More non-English speakers to add to the mob already here who can't speak/write it and another minority group with all the trimmings that will have to have its own funding in our diverse society.
Please tell me, anyone, what we in UK will benefit from this - apart from p####ng off the French which is always a good thing.
Anyway, Rwanda was a former Belgian territory - don't see them in the limelight doing anything to sort their problems. They just shut the door and off they went. Independence? Sure, there you are, goodbye.
Luckily not so many Rwandans have hands any more.
That's enough for me!
Appalled as I am to say anything good about the French, they certainly knew how to run their colonies.
I recall driving through Uganda and into Rwanda in the late 1980âs. Uganda still had roadblocks manned by stoned/pissed children with AK47âs, very few tarmac roads outside of Kampala and no chance of a decent meal on route. It was a dangerous place to be.
Crossing the border into Rwanda and everything changed. A fantastic road network, a professional-looking adult army (relatively speaking), some decent hotels and restaurants in Kigali and plenty of food in the shops for the locals. More than that, the ordinary people seemed far more content, healthy and secure in their outlook than their Ugandan neighbours.
I could be wrong, but I think that there was the beginning of PC rumblings about the French colonial power at the time; leading to a gradual decrease in French influence in Rwanda. Unfortunately we all know what happened nextâ¦ left to their own devices, the buggers slaughtered each other.
Re-colonisation, it is the only answer.
The difference between former French colonies and former British colonies in Africa is that the French have maintained far greater influence in trade and defence, to the benefit of French interests. Go to Gabon and you wouldnÂ´t even realise it had gained independence 30 years ago - a puppet dictator, a French airportable Battle Group on permanent station and nearly all businesses French owned. Do you think the French would have allowed Mugabe to kick out all the white farmers if Zimbabwe had been a former French colony? Non monsieur. Why do they maintain such close links? Above all to help diversify their oil and gas portfolio, but also to boost export sales particularly in construction. By contrast, UK interest in Africa is left to Sir Bob Geldof, oh and half a dozen undermanned High Commissions covering multiple countries, with I think three defence attaches in the whole of sub-saharan Africa (Kenya, DRC and RSA but I may be wrong). This spat between Rawanda and France is meaningless sour grapes and I donÂ´t suppose Chirac is losing any sleep over it.
It could be a good thing for Rwanda. A lecturer of mine, familiar with the situation in Rwanda informed us last year that Rwanda is a ticking time bomb. It is ready to go off again quite soon due to the new regime being a bit too strict. Maybe the Commonwealth may be able to help sort out this problem and aviod another devastating humanitarian crisis.
I didn't realise that Commonwealth citizens have the right to vote in UK elections and a right to live here. Does anybody have a link to anything on this? I only thought they could join our army.
Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK can vote in elections. They have no rights of residence in the UK. They can however apply to enter the UK on a working holidaymakers visa - this allows them to stay in the uk for 2 years and to work in the uk for 1 year within the 2 years. In order to qualify you need to demonstrate sufficient funds (about 2000 sterling) and come up with some sort of holiday plan.
The only other benefit for a commonwealth citizen is that employment in the Armed Forces is open to him. He is also generally able to apply for civil service positions in the uk but only if he already has Indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence).
Btw, why should the Commonwealth take rwanda?
Token frog at work has already said "I du not wownt tu talk abowt et" when I emailed him the link.
Weren't Rwanda and Burundi Belgian? I thought they were German until post-WW1 when the Belgians got them. Won't be the first time I've been wrong though...
No, you are right. I mentioned in my earlier post about the Belgians giving them independence then leaving. They were never French.
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