The Corner

Time to Pull Stumps

For reasons that escape me, the England cricket team is now embarking on a tour of Robert Mugabe’s nightmare kingdom. For a little perspective, here’s the story of Roy Bennett, a Zimbabwean MP who has now been jailed, and his wife, Heather:

“Seeing your husband imprisoned in a country with one of the world’s worst human rights records is bad enough. But over the past four years Heather Bennett has also been abducted at knifepoint and miscarried a baby. The couple have lost their property and been repeatedly threatened, their workers have been brutalised and raped. Last April the military drove them off their farm. This week the couple should have been celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. Instead Bennett is crammed with 17 other prisoners in a cell meant for four.”

The cricketers should go home.


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