Instead of being an outmoded vestige of the colonial past that is no longer fit for purpose, the Commonwealth could become a platform to champion a much-needed global redistribution agenda.
The starting point would be shared histories and patterns of extraction, that have enriched some Commonwealth members and impoverished others, leaving some members, particularly small island countries, vulnerable to the ravages of the climate crisis, whilst others are more resilient.
How do we get there? In an equitable Commonwealth all members’ inputs will be of equal value and weight, recognising that higher income countries don’t always know best. It will be vital to acknowledge, break with and repair enduring colonial legacies which have shaped how power relations, decision-making and mindsets are structured.