„I am satisfied it has strengthened my hand tremendously. Nobody but a fool would disregard the kind of result we witnessed today.“

—  Ian Smith

BBC News 'On this day' http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_2510000/2510755.stm, August 31.
Reaction to the 1977 general election in which his government was re-elected overwhelmingly.

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