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It’s interesting to observe when and why politicians suddenly decide any particular subject constitutes an urgent problem that requires being dealt with immediately, especially when it’s something that’s been of little concern up to that point. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize and former British prime minister David Cameron don’t immediately strike one as having a great deal in common, but a Bloomberg interview last week with the former indicated they may have similar political instincts. Cameron decided that the question of Britain’s relationship with the rest of the EU had, after four decades, become so urgent that it needed to be decided once and for all. So he called a referendum in 2016. Other than a small majority of hard-core Eurosceptics, relatively few voters had that relationship at the top of their priorities, concerned more about austerity and the state of the health service. That perhaps explains why he called the vote, expecting an ...

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