Our friend Daniel Hannan is talking
up the Anglosphere, but Yahya Jammeh, leader of the Gambia, isn’t buying:
In its statement, The Gambian government said it had “withdrawn its
membership of the British Commonwealth”.
It said it had “decided that The Gambia will never be a member of any
neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution
that represents an extension of colonialism”.
Oddly enough, whatever their differences with their former colonial
masters in London, I don’t believe any of the over 50 members of
the Commonwealth has ever quit for this reason until now. Mr Jammeh,
however, is a somewhat eccentric figure. He devoted much of his speech
to the UN the other day to a lengthy denunciation of homosexuality,
which he called one of the three “biggest threats to human existence”.
Jammeh is not alone among African leaders in his antipathy (see Robert
Mugabe on “the
gay gangster leading the gay government of the gay United gay
Kingdom“), but he is taking a more hands-on approach:
He has also drawn international criticism for claiming he can cure
Aids with a herbal body rub and bananas.
Don’t knock it. After two years of ObamaCare, that’ll also be the
official cure for a hernia, a broken leg and a cerebral haemorrhage.