2009 January 16 Friday
100 Trillion Dollar Zimbabwe Banknote
Nothing new to report here folks. Kinda like the Arab-Israeli conflict. Same old bad news year after year.
Zimbabwe's central bank will issue a 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollar banknote, worth about $33 (22 pounds) on the black market, to try to ease desperate cash shortages, state-run media said Friday.
Prices are doubling every day and food and fuel are in short supply. A cholera epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people and a deadlock between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition over power sharing has dampened hopes of ending the crisis.
The crisis could be ended by a return to colonial rule. Lots of Western retired heads of state could be given jobs running Zimbabwe's government. Tony Blair could take a wack at it. Or John Major could do it. A retired governor of a US state could do it. Retired judges could staff the judiciary. The police could be run by retired police chiefs. Bring in a few thousand foreign administrators, a thousand engineers, and a few thousand mercenaries and Zimbabwe could become substantially less bad.
Of course that isn't going to happen. Lucky thing in a way. I do not want to pay for all those colonial administrators.
A kind of receivership/administrator for countries? Not a bad idea, but when we start thinking of the implementation detail, the whole thing becomes very bloody. On balance I remain of the view that there's greater value in leaving Zimbabwe to rot - it stands as an object lesson in bad governance for the rest of Africa.
If an administrator were appointed, my vote would be for Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong. Cool guy, literate, very competent, incorruptible, a great manager and a 'people person'.
Tony Blair, hahaha you can't be serious. The man is utterly useless, simply rode about the world stage pretending to be something he wasn't while Britain when to hell in a hand basket.
Heavy industry problem in Britain because we are closing powerstations without replacements:
This would be a good article for parapundit to follow up imo. After 10 years of NewLabour who were originally anti nuclear power, anti coal and are at the moment massively pro natural gas (which we are running out of domestic supply) Britain faces the closure of its few Nuclear plants with replacements now in the planning but will not come online for many years (2020+), coal plants being forced to close due to EU enviromental regulations, it is predicted that the lights go out in 2010 or 2012.
The EU takes over the British Navy: (Blair policy)
Britain have 600,000+ immigrants per year, proportionally higher than US immigration figures (Blair policy)
British police run from Muslim protestors (January 2009), (connected to Blairs immigration and softly-softly policing policies)
Labour route public money through leftists charities which is then donated to the Labour party.
Blair performing as Mid-East envoy:
Blair was popular for a long time due to his special relationship with the media, but he surely wont go down well in history books.
NewLabour were essentially very lucky, the media had talked down the economy so much before they came to power that Labour got the credit for the 'improvements'.
Try as I might I can't remember the name of the woman from South Africa who has a blog ...
Can someone help?
Some Wordy B., perhaps you have in mind Ilana Mercer.
Could you be thinking of Cathy Buckle?
She's done a great deal of writing on the collapse of Zimbabwe. I find her discussions on the descent of Zimbabwe into a typical poor, corrupt, and violent Sub-Saharan African hell to be quite eloquent and informative. Very personal too.