Ted and I often wonder what happened to Britain. There was a time when the sun never set on British soil (not that I’m advocating colonialism, mind you…unless we’re speaking of the Moon and Mars), this was a people made of iron, forged in centuries of conflict. We can only assume that the rest of Europe (I’m talking to you France and Belgium) has worn them down to the nubbins they are today.
Come back, Britain! We need you!
What we have lost is our sense of pride. In a comment on this post (in which their has been a heated debate on whether or not Britain should apply to be a US state), I said the following...
I have as little interest in becoming a state of the US as I have in becoming a state of the EU. The former might be marginally better, but it is still a defeatist attitude.
The idea that world's fifth largest economy and third largest trading nation need to be subjugated to any other large powerbloc is, frankly, pathetic.
What we do need to do is to destroy our corrupted Parliamentary system that has quite deliberately sapped the will of the people in order to gain power, and to rip out the Welfare State, the tool of said subjugation.
We need to teach the history of our great inventors, eccentrics, scientists and explorers in our schools, so that our children might understand why this tiny, rainy little island on the north west tip of Europe became the most powerful nation in the world.
And then we need to reject the pissy ambitions of the EU Soviet, reconnect with (and apologise to) the rest of the Anglosphere that we sold down the river when we joined the EU (we could dig up and dismember Heath's body and send the various bits to be exhibited in gibbets in the major cities of this land, pour encourager les autres) and stand once more on the world stage as a free nation.
We are the instigators of one of the most widely formed alliance of countries in the world -- the Commonwealth -- and our head of state is still the head of that group. The idea that we would be isolated were we to leave the EU is just horseshit.
Fuck the US and fuck the EU: those who want us in the EU and those who suggest that we become a US state are both as tragically misguided and cowardly as each other.
Fuck it: we are Britain and we are Great. Get off your knees and be proud of this nation.
Now, let's go hang ourselves some politicos: bagsy the head of the civil service...