From Canon N. H. Taylor
Sir, — The letter from the Revd Michael Skliros (13 February) is ignorant and offensive.
That he undertook a “safari” to Zimbabwe last October in itself raises questions about his judgement. If he addressed the local people in the racist and bigoted terms he describes, then he can count himself fortunate that it was only a “disgruntled hippo” with which he had to deal. It is simply not true that “Zimbabweans are absolutely not farmers,” as he claims, or that all agricultural labour has been carried out by Mozambicans.
Mr Skliros may be correct that removing President Mugabe will not in itself solve Zimbabwe’s social and economic problems (and his observation is not at all original). But it is a prerequisite to addressing the complex and long-running issues.
Whatever part the international community may play, the people of Zimbabwe have no need of ignorant foreign tourists to prescribe how they are to meet their challenges.
N. H. TAYLOR
58 Mount Street, Diss
Norfolk IP22 4QQ