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Will Zimbabwe benefit from boris johnson's ascendents to power?

01 Aug 2019 at 16:33hrs | Views
Boris Johnson, Britain's  prime minister, is the quintessential nostalgic leader. Since the Brexit referendum, in order to make Britain's future outside the European Union appealing, he has played on London's past, inflating the true power and influence of his country. Little does it matter that Britain no longer rules the waves, that a former colony such as Zimbabwe aspires to become a great power, that continental Europe is no longer a military battlefield. In his telling, the sun will never set on the Boris Empire. He wishes to engage all the former colonies as to replace the greater Europe.

Just a few days before the Brexit vote in 2016, he urged his fellow citizens to back leaving the European Union in order "to take the chains off the giant, unshackled Britannia and let the Lion roar again" and win the "battle for British democracy." He even claimed that Prime Minister Winston Churchill—his political hero whose life he celebrated years earlier in the book The Churchill Factor—would have joined him on his campaign bus. At a minimum, a divorce from Brussels would bring it back to 1973, when it first joined the European Economic Community. But the late 1960s and early 1970s do not represent the United Kingdom's golden days. The economy was stagnant, the empire was col­lapsing, Europe was coming together, and Britain was slowly moving to the margins of the international system.

It is really the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when the empire was at its apogee, that Johnson has in mind. He's been explicit about that; when he left his job as foreign minister in July 2018 over his disagreement with the so-called soft Brexit deal former Prime Minister Theresa May reached with Brussels, Johnson said that the spirit of Brexit had been lost. Britain had to rediscover the dynamism of the Victorian explorers and go back out into the wider world "to find friends, to open markets, to promote our culture and our values."

Johnson's historical ramblings coincide with a concrete, albeit utopian, political project: rebuilding Global Britain. The strategy roughly consists of rekindling old friend­ships in the Commonwealth, rediscovering the special relationship with the United States, and strengthening links with African economies. The Global Britain grand strategy is part of a national mythology that emphasizes the country's status as an island nation. To better understand Johnson's view of the world, it is important to start from that story.

The advent of Boris as a Prime minister will turn a new leaf for Zimbabwe. It has come at a time when the UK needs companion and business partners. Boris Johnson comes as a blessing to Zimbabwe's reengagement policy

If UK leaves EU without a deal UK It will open good prospects. Besides America Africa is a ready option. It becomes cheaper for UK to engage Zimbabwe in Economic platforms. This is an open blessing for the country our reintegration.  Boris will inter grate us we have been outcasts in The world. Zimbabwe has a lot to benefit from Boris without unnecessary conditions attached. Boris has shown a great  Urge to reengage. He has engaged his neighbours as in Scotland and Wales. His focus is on relationships with other countries so Zimbabwe stands a great chance in this once in a life time chance of engagement.  

Mrs Marylyn Mavaza of Corby was over the moon " Boris Johnson could look differently but he is a blessing to Zimbabweans in England and in Zimbabwe. He has introduced an amnesty which will reward immigrants who have been in the UK for over ten years."

Jacqueline Avril Dzvova of Luton commented "i am just hopping that his immigration promises will come to fruition  considering that politicians never  keep promises"

In view of the promises Boris has a duty and is under pressure to fulfil on promises made.

Zimbabwe has to take advantage and move with Johnson while he is still in the wave of power excitement

Vazet 2000@yahoo.co.uk




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