Does Mugabe back the Tories?

The Zimbabwean tyrant seems to prefer Cameron to Brown.

From AFP:

We have always related better with the British through the Conservatives than Labour," Mugabe told journalists.

"Conservatives are bold, [Tony] Blair and [Gordon] Brown run away when they see me, but not these fools, they know how to relate to others," he added.

Mugabe's rant comes after Prime Minister Gordon Brown told South Africa's Jacob Zuma in London that Zimbabwe's targeted sanctions would not be lifted until progress was seen in the power-sharing government.

Zuma, who is the mediator in Zimbabwe's fragile unity accord, wants the sanctions lifted.

"We have a better chance with [British Conservative leader] David Cameron than with Brown," said Mugabe.

Ken Barlow, you are not alone . . .

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.