Problems in politics lie much deeper than just Brexit
THE present crisis in British politics was inevitable. It has manifested itself in the Brexit debacle but the problem lies far deeper. The loss of the greatest empire in history and the loss of status as the greatest ever industrial and trading power were only mitigated by a victory in 1945 at debilitating cost.
Desperate to cling on to world power status as the USA and the SU dominated the postwar stage, Britain acquired the atomic bomb and threw its lesser weight about in foreign theatres while industrial investment at home faltered, causing eventually a series of economic crises leading to a reluctant acknowledgement that membership of the Common Market was vital. Reluctance is the key word.
Never a member for idealistic or internationalist reasons, the country has ever since demonstrated a wide streak of cynicism, resentfulness and preparedness to believe the worst about the French and the Germans, ably exploited by the Goebbelesque skills of the gutter press so beloved by its xenophobic readership. Nostalgia for the great days of ruling the waves, the adulation for pomp and monarchy, the belief in British exceptionalism, even in the face of failure, are symptoms of an inability to accept the status of ordinariness with which previous imperial powers such as Holland, Belgium, Portugal and Spain long ago came to terms.
Now we have to witness the humiliating sight of a stiff PM doing dad-dancing in South Africa on a mission to secure unnecessary trade deals, a country which already builds Volkswagen cars and exports them back to Germany via EXISTING trade arrangements which Great Britain, as an EU member, co-negotiated! In the eyes of the world which once respected this country for its many great attributes, we are a sorry sight indeed, led by tenth-rate people with nonsensical and dangerous ideas about what our future should be. John Payne