This chapter summarises the preceding discussions in this book. It concludes that the activities of British anticolonialists played a major role in ensuring that the lethargy of colonial rule and British political control over it could not be reproduced. Colonial rulers, by definition, are not accountable to their subjects. In practice, the British political system made them accountable to it only in the most intermittent and inadequate fashion. The anticolonialism of the left established an accountability by proxy. Therein lies its major contribution to bringing about decolonisation.
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