Editor says, in this post we pursue our speculation what if things were radically different, yet the outcome was much the same. In so doing we examine the Southern Rhodesia government referendum of October 27, 1922 which saw the voters of the colony of Southern Rhodesia by a comfortable majority reject the chance to join the Union of South Africa in favour of establishing a "responsible" government within the colony. Prime Minister Ian Smith believed Smuts could have won the 1948 election (which brought in the National Party's policy of apartheid) if Rhodesia had joined the Union of South Africa. What if Rhodesians had voted otherwise in 1922, as conjectured by Smith in his autobiography and would the end-game have been so very different? This article is part of the Beasts thread.
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Editor says, 1) Smith suggests Smuts could have won the 1948 election if Rhodesia had joined the Union of South Africa.
2) we imagine that Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of South Africa.
3) the quote is unchanged all the context is somewhat different as we imagine an ultimate victory for the Communist Party, and not an African National Congress in this post. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.