I read in a news item that South Africa – home of gay marriage and aids, is about to demonstrate more moderization. Four million swallows that migrate annually to that country are to have their habitate polluted by unnecessary development. The burghers of Durban are about to construct a new international airport on this sensitive site. A study compiled by the Pietermaritzburg-based Institute of Natural Resources, a nongovernmental organisation says," 224 species of birds were recorded at the site. The presence of barn swallows is the primary environmental concern counting against the development of Durban International Airport. More than a million barn swallows are roosting, with up to 2-million of the birds calculated last year. These would undoubtedly represent a safety issue for aircraft. It warns noise pollution will be a significant consequence for areas such as Mount Moreland and Herrwood."
Wildlife preservation seems low on that countries list of liberal priorities: Long line tuna fishing vessals in South African waters kill at least ten albatrosses every day. I hope some sense prevails and Britains summer visitors, and the albatrosses,are not killed in the name of wanton commercialism. The airport is part of preparatons of the worldcup soccer circus scheduled to take place in SA in 2010.
Yet more money being channelled towards that continent. Africa – from Abbysinia to Zanzibar. Ghana to Kenya, a continent where western aid disappears at a faster rate than blood at a vampires convention. The only folk who benefit are the gnomes of zurich – managing swiss bank accounts for corrupt regimes. The poorest and most vunerable being made to suffer for the greed of the likes of the meglomaniac mugabe. But I ask myself has this not always been the way? Inter-tribal battles. Four hundred years ago thhey sold ‘prisoners of war’ to passing ships’ captains for a few bangles, beads and bibles!! Today they sell the pictures of their starving masses, [brought on by irrational economic policies], to a gullible western world. As a killer drug-resistant tuberculosis bug is investigated in Natal, I cannot imagine any sensible soccer fan even contemplating a visit to that country as, in a state of post colonial stupor, it descends into anarchy and self destruction.
Yes I am banging the drum for the Empire. Every country that won independance was left with a viable legal, education and economic platform from which to operate. Australia, New Zealand, India/Pakistan, Canada, US of A and, dare I mention, South Africa. It would appear that only on the African continent has that legacy been wilfully corrupted and destroyed.