In the colonial service—though like other colonial officials of the period, his policy-making was much constrained by the Colonial Office—he was noted for energy and foresight in helping to develop air communications, and for his sympathy with indigenous interests, which did not, however, cause him to neglect those of the European community. At a time when the settlers were being attacked by London critics, and were pressing for amalgamation of the Rhodesias, in Northern Rhodesia Young considered the settlers beneficial, tried to encourage secondary industries, and favoured closer co-operation among the Rhodesias and Nyasaland, and the creation of a new association, British Central Africa. He negotiated with the other governors and with settler leaders, but the Colonial Office forbade any step likely to lead to amalgamation or federation of the Rhodesias.
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