26 April 2005
Comrade Emperor Robert of Zimbabwe (all bow and tremble please) wasn't mincing words on the 25th Anniversary of his nation's independence from the pesky and past-it's-sell-date colonial power of Britain.
In his unusually flat and boring monologue, he remarked it was time to turn his back on the west and turn to the rising sun of the east. A poor freedom fighter in 1979, he's had 25 good years of all things western, dappled with some old fashioned corruption and a head for making money out of his still poor comrades, to now become bellicose and muse once again about comrades and social justice and equality - whilst he and his his mates live such a cocooned existence they really do not have a clue how real people have to live in his utopian Zimbabwe.
The picture refers to new aircraft (two in the initial order) Zimbabwe is purchasing to replace it's delapidated Air Zimbabwe domestic fleet of 737's - all three of them. Actually the turboprop idea is quite a sensible route for a change - now watch him go and mess that all up by also ordering 12 new fighter planes for his wars imaginary, and perhaps an Airbus A380 so that once King Bob has sucessfully dealt with Tony Blair, he can show George W a thing or two about how to jet around the world.