By W. McIntyre
This lucid consultant meets the necessity for an updated evaluate of the modern Commonwealth. It has a succinct part on its old history and offers consciousness to symbols and to the "People's Commonwealth" of voluntary corporations, activities, and enterprise. It highlights serious questions of stability that experience emerged among the relative roles of governments and professional companies, voluntary institutions, and personal company.
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Britain was South Africa’s fourth largest market, South Africa Britain’s second largest place for overseas investment. Long-standing economic ties were not to be jettisoned lightly for the likely benefit of Germans, Japanese and others. South Africa had also had a prominent role in the evolution of the Commonwealth The denizens of the Round Table had first come together in South Africa in the aftermath of the war of 1899–1902 and had played a part in the forging of the Union. The 1926 declaration of equality of status had been largely in response to South African promptings.
Until 1966 the Cabinet Secretary was Secretary-General of the Prime Ministers’ Meetings, while the preparatory work was done by the CRO. It was largely to get away from this CRO/Cabinet Office matrix that the new Secretariat was sought in 1964. Whitehall did not resist, on this occasion, because by the mid-1960s rapid decolonisation had considerably disillusioned the British about the Commonwealth. Equality of status as agreed in 1926 had applied only to Britain and the six white Dominions, which retained their common allegiance to the Crown.
There were state visits, which eventually took the Queen to every member country except the two most recent – Cameroon and Mozambique. 10 Entertaining at the time of the old Prime Ministers’ Meetings involved a banquet at Buckingham Palace for the Heads of Delegations, receptions for ministers and senior officials, another for selected media representatives, and private audiences for all heads of delegations.