|"Up yours, Wilson."|
Ian Douglas Smith GCLM ID
(8 Apr 1919 – 20 Nov 2007)
Ex-RAF fighter pilot and politician. Smith served as the Prime Minister of the British self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia from 13th April, 1964 until 11th November, 1965. A spat over the issue of black majority rule caused the Smith administration to fall out with the British government of the day, led by Labour's Harold Wilson.
Smith knew that black majority rule would spell the death knell for what was a buoyant and flourishing country - seeing how quickly other newly-independent African countries had quickly turned to ratshit under black administration after their colonial overseers had done a runner. Smith was having none of it.
After significant wrangling over the issue, no compromise was reached. The British would not grant independence to (what they perceived to be) a non-progressive administration - despite the other nations that formed the (then) recently dissolved Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland (Zambia & Malawi) gaining such. No matter, Smith (quite rightly) told the British to hoop it and unilaterally declared independence (UDI) from the United Kingdom on 11th November, 1965 and served as the first Prime Minister of Rhodesia from that date until 1st June 1979.
The Lancaster House Agreement resulted in the end of 'UDI' and a British governor (Lord Soames) took over the running of Rhodesia on 12th December, 1979 when the country briefly reverted to British colonial status before becoming independent as Zimbabwe in 1980 under the corrupt, despotic regime of Robert Mugabe.
Smith's fears have since been vindicated. Unfortunately, he lived long enough to see his beloved Rhodesia reduced to a tin pot dictatorship riven with massive unemployment, astronomical inflation and starvation. Like the other pariah of his time Enoch Powell, Smith was right - the plain truth being unpalatable to the metropolitan elite of the day.