Rhodesia - after the tiger
"Much of the confusion which attended the failure of the Talks on the Tiger in December last, and the subsequent rejection by the Rhodesian Government of the terms of the draft memorandum for a settlement, was due to the attempt to deal in one document with two quite separate problems: the principles of a new Constitution for Rhodesia, which, if accepted by the Rhodesian Government, would be followed by action by the British Parliament to grant Rhodesia independence, and the arrangements for the so-called return to legality, the ending of the rebellion. Neither would have presented insuperable difficulties had they been kept separate and had the two Governments been prepared to trust each other. Because they were combined, Mr. Wilson was able to argue that Mr. Smith had himself accepted the substance of the memorandum, the constitutional provisions, but had subsequently been compelled by his unreasonable colleagues to reject the whole because of their dislike of the procedure for ending the rebellion. And Mr. Smith, reluctant at first to say that he could not trust Mr. Wilson to observe the spirit as well as the letter of the procedure for ending the rebellion was obliged to concentrate on what was, in fact, the real weakness of the Rhodesian position, the difficulty of finding some impartial test of Rhodesian opinion as a whole which would produce a verdict in favour of independence prior to majority rule."