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The Commonwealth is fading away - it's a shame, really

By Richard Bourne   June 2004

The signs are small, but cumulative. Guardian sub-editors cannot decide whether the “c” in Commonwealth should be capitalised, or not. The Times refers to a speech by Charles Clarke at an “education conference” – actually the Commonwealth meeting of education ministers in Edinburgh at the end of October 2003, by some distance the biggest international political meeting on education in Britain for years.

Give or take the coverage of the Zimbabwe issue at the Abuja summit in December, the Commonwealth has largely disappeared from the British media. A distinguished commentator refers to it as a “half-forgotten brand.”

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