Referendum (1): Fracking Westminster

British immigrants voted against South Africa becoming a republic in an all-white referendum in October 1960. In Natal – where the anti-republican campaign was especially jolly – a 76 percent majority raised the possibility of secession. But the settlers swiftly opted for a pact with Afrikaner nationalism – ‘the lesser evil’ – rather then include the natives in their plan. Some 60 years on Britons, beleaguered on their own island by European migrants, get a chance to respond more intelligently. Continue reading