HMQ will be standing down as Head of the Commonwealth soon. There's a real chance that 'the Commonwealth' as an entity could disband anyway, without the need to throw anyone out, as it isn't seen as a significant grouping of nations anymore. Ironically, the way of keeping it together would be If someone like Ramaphosa was appointed and took over (he'd bid for it if he felt that there are financial rewards to be had from taking over the reins, the corrupt sod couldn't resist) which would be seen as an attempt to keep the militant fuzzy wuzzy nations happy and reasonably on side..
I hope nobody suggests that as a workable proposal btw....else that WILL signal the end of the Commonwealth....
Perhaps there is going to be a healthy helping of schadenfreude for those of who saw all this coming decades ago. I have not one shred of pity for the effects of what Africans have been doing to each other since their share of homo sapiens decided to stay home. But I expect we shall be stuck with the bill. Merc shares will be a buy though.
This reply should hopefully answer javaguzzisti, dogmeat and Gravdigger as well.
I don't like to post it because it has the potential to portray a 'poor me' image, which I don't want but - I have mild cognitive impairment as well as virtually no memory, long or short. I forget what I've already posted and where. I lack the ability to research or to continue a line of thought, one of the reasons why I have to start from basic principles and build from there.
It's the reason I needed to ask for specific examples, because I wasn't able to think of them myself. It's why I can't work out why my musings are, or might be, rubbish. When I ask something, it's because I want to know/understand. It's not because I'm trying to challenge or trap anybody. I have no agenda.
The thought of publicly owned land occurred to me in response to this thread. Such musing as I was able to do led me to the idea of publicly owned land so I posted to see if there was any merit in the idea.
It's now clear that there is no merit in it, or at least none that I can discern. I have been persuaded and thus have no more cause to think about it. I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow.
Give the ANC its due. SA has remained vaguely tenable for far longer than many thought it would. Sadly the race to the bottom appears to be well under way now. As has already been said, it's going to be interesting to hear how the Mandela fans square that circle...