I have been fortunate, through my work, to have visited both Tanzania and Kenya this year. Both are fascinating countries, with impressive economic growth alongside real poverty and decades of under-investment in the roads, schools and healthcare.
Should I wish to be reminded of my travels through these developing nations, I don’t need to look up my notes or photographs. I can just get in my car and drive around Eastbourne, for that authentic experience of rutted tracks, deep potholes and cracked tarmac.
In east Africa, they can blame the parlous state of the roads on centuries of imperialist exploitation.
What excuse do our local councils have?