The Curmudgeon


Saturday, September 01, 2012

Keeping Up With Johnny Foreigner

Daveybloke's Minister for Wogs, Frogs and Huns and special nuncio to Belize, Willem den Haag, has been doing his bit for the pre-conference rah-rah by quoting Gordon Brown on the need to dispense with our imperial hangover; or at least with the guilt part. Flushed with his spectacular diplomatic success in threatening the Ecuadorean embassy with military invasion, den Haag had a blather to the Evening Boris about expanding Britain's international presence now that Iraq and Afghanistan have conclusively demonstrated our non-isolationist credentials. The world is no longer in blocks and we are now, it appears, an equal partner with the likes of India, China and Latin America, while Europe and the United States struggle to keep up. Of course, there are still a few people who think of us in colonial terms, but most of them seem to be elderly wogs in Africa who have failed to realise that Britain is "a natural centre" of the networked world. As for ourselves, while we are waiting for austerity to breed a bolder, tougher Tory Britain, we have to "get out of this post-colonial guilt" and realise that any unpleasantness done under the Empire was all a very long time ago. In accordance with the Gove-Ferguson™ model of history, Willem den Haag cannot remember the Mau Mau rebellion or the robbery of the Chagossians, so there is no reason for the rest of us to remember them either.


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