Matthew Parris

Sanctions may make us feel good, but they will not topple Mugabe

Margaret Thatcher was right and Thabo Mbeki is right. British-led sanctions against a renegade regime in Central Africa — be it Ian Smith’s when the country was called Rhodesia, or Robert Mugabe’s when it had been renamed Zimbabwe — are a counterproductive response to an unacceptable government. My family and I lived in Rhodesia from

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