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Lusosphere shrinks, Anglosphere grows.


Seeking a voice with the old colonials-News-World-Asia-TimesOnline

East Timor, one of the world’s newest and poorest nations, will apply to join the Commonwealth, a decision that is already provoking opposition in the former Portuguese colony.....

The proposal will dismay Portugal, which has gone to great effort to preserve East Timor as a Lusophone enclave, despite criticisms that adoption of Portuguese as the country’s official language has crippled the country’s education and justice systems....

Mozambique, which has no colonial links to Britain, is the only non-English-speaking country allowed into the Commonwealth, under special dispensation, largely because Nelson Mandela asked for it. The country, which gained independence in 1975 after almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony, became a member in 1995.

Membership of the Commonwealth “club” gives members access to scholarships and other educational opportunities as well as the chance to rub shoulders with countries from around the globe at summits and international get-togethers.....

Nothing wrong with Portugal, oldest ally, decent drop of grog and habitat of the Worstall and all that; but I'm pleased to note the desire for its ex-colonies to join the Commonwealth. The Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa might be a better place for a dinner but the real action is elsewhere. If only the UK realised it as well.

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Worstall will be clamouring to join the Commonwealth next. You see if I'm not right.

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