Blair is reported as saying: "It is from within Zimbabwe and this region that change has got to come. And what we will do is support people like President Mbeki who are trying to bring about change." Fine, except Mbeki seems to be doing very little except wringing his hands and grinning like someone not quite in tune with reality, still what can one expect from a man who deined AIDS was related to HIV? The man's a freaking eejit. It gets worse (not easy in Zimbabwe, I know): Mugabe underscored the tensions this week by telling a graduating class of police officers their main task was "to thwart the subversive manoeuvres of those who engage in crimes of political violence". The Herald reported Mugabe as saying: "I wish to call upon people of Zimbabwe to unite against the shameless British arm-twisting tactics being orchestrated through the MDC and the so-called civil groups,"... Given he is planning to stand for re-election in 2008 I suspect unity is the last thing on the people of Zim's minds right now, other than a desire to poke something long, sharp and very hot up Mugabe's ass. I'll hold him down..... Of course none of this is new, and all of little interest here so, frgive my occasional rants about something close to my heart, such as it is.