Tuesday’s Piece

I hardly know what to say. I am exhausted by the soul-destroying effort to convey to a wide intelligent readership a second-to-none love of Rhodesia. A love underwritten by costly practical and material acts.  I urge the rejection of this ghastly piece of white paper and its Constitutional Proposals. They are immoral, impractical and, above all, un-Rhodesian. It seems like a nightmare from which one hopes to wake and yet there is this black despair and I, for one, know that if Rhodesia should choose to follow this awful path, then, for me and my family and for thousands of ordinary men and women like us, there is no future here. The astounding features of the exercise are the extent to which good men remain silent and the extent to which one single man appears to hold sway over party and passions – seemingly deaf to all but his voice.

John Lentell

17th June, 1969

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