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OPINION: Why can’t Britain handle the truth about Winston Churchill?

– The Guardian. UK.Wed 17 Mar 2021 11.00 GMT

Nothing, it seems, can be allowed to tarnish the national myth – as I found when hosting a Cambridge debate about his murkier side

Winston Churchill speaking at Wolverhampton football field in 1949
Winston Churchill speaking at Wolverhampton football field in 1949. Photograph: Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
A baleful silence attends one of the most talked-about figures in British history. You may enthuse endlessly about Winston Churchill “single-handedly” defeating Hitler. But mention his views on race or his colonial policies, and you’ll be instantly drowned in ferocious and orchestrated vitriol.             

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Brexit’s Colonial Roots: ‘The Empire Was Celebrated as A Great Thing’

Oxford Professor Danny Dorling on Brexit’s Colonial Roots: 

In the view of Oxford Professor , a British elite drunk on nationalism is responsible for the Brexit disaster. Raised in the traditions of the British Empire, they continue to glorify the crimes committed during colonialism.

 © Jörg Schindler | Der Spiegel

DER SPIEGEL: Professor Dorling, Boris Johnson appears to be just a few steps away from Downing Street. Are the prospects good for Britain?

Dorling: I recently met a 75-year-old lady on a train coming into Oxford who told me that many of her friends, as well as her, have recently joined the Conservative Party solely for the purpose of stopping Boris, as they then possibly get a vote. But unless they joined at least three months ago, then they may not be allowed to vote in any leadership election.        Continue reading

BREXIT: Trump: Prepare for no deal and send in Farage – BBC News

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage – Trump Rally in August 2016

[BBC News – 02 June 2019]  Nigel Farage should be involved in the government’s Brexit negotiations and the UK should be prepared to leave the EU with no deal, Donald Trump has said.

In a Sunday Times interview, the US president was critical of government’s Brexit negotiations, saying it left the EU “with all the cards.”

The interview comes before his state visit to the UK begins on Monday June 3, 2019            Continue reading

Brexit: Step aside USA, get a look at this British mess – By Gwynne Dyer

Step aside USA, so we can get a look at this British mess…

BREXIT - Britain and EuropeBritain: Shakespeare in Action
by Gwynne Dyer – 11 July 2016

    It’s a bit like a Shakespeare play – specifically the final scene of Hamlet, when almost all the play’s major characters die violently. And now we’re down to one. Her name is Theresa May.

    It has been barely three weeks since the United Kingdom (or at least, 52 percent of those who voted) chose to leave the European Union, but all the main Brexit leaders have already left the stage. The Conservative Party has always been notable for its ruthlessness, and leaders who threaten to split the party get short shrift.   Continue reading

The Commonwealth: the Black and White of It – Sir Ronald Sanders

The Commonwealth: the Black and White of It

By Sir Ronald Sanders 

Thursday, August 29, 2013 –    Huntington News Net

Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of the British Capital City, London, has joined in a chorus of voices in the Conservative Party that has been calling for Britain to abandon its membership of the European Union (EU) and to look instead to the Commonwealth of Nations as “countries that offer immense opportunities for British goods, people, services and capital”.

This is a huge reversal from 1971 when the then leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of Britain, Edward Heath, told the House of Commons that the idea that the Commonwealth might become “an effective economic and political let alone military bloc had never been realised”.  On the contrary, he argued, it was generally accepted that that trade with the Commonwealth overseas, unlike that with the European Common Market, held no prospect of dynamic growth. Britain’s subsequent entry to what is now the European Union (EU) in 1973 put an end to any further development of the Commonwealth as preferential trading group.   Continue reading