Britain: Memories of What Might Have Been

Britain is an island. Thankfully! At least there is a natural barrier separating it from Europe. I mean there used to be. Until the Channel Tunnel unwisely happened. And it seems it was a major mistake on the part of Europe to allow Britain to burrow its way out under that natural obstruction and to break out of its God intended natural confines.

In fact, Britain is made up of a whole bunch of islands — but only one of them is large, relatively large that is.

But whether it is large enough to accommodate and/or sustain, even at a great stress, the ballooning population of Britain is another question, a search for more Lebens Raum beckons, I think, and Denmark seems to be in Britain’s crosshairs but more about that in my future posts.

Now to the subject-matter at hand.

The Southern part of the largest island in the “British” Isles is what is known as England. For about 100 darkest years in human history it was the very hard core of the British empire (now generally preceded by the word “rump”) but for all that it hasn’t quite been a thriving place ever, very much the opposite in fact. Great Britain was never “great” at home — even when the Imperial Britain was throwing its weight about literally on the other side of the planet, at home it remained a miserable down-trodden and corrupt place where people were never expected to live beyond the age of 35, where they were expected to work themselves to death for the benefit of their few upper caste betters and to suffer from rickets, syphilis and TB at an alarming rate whilst members of the upper classes pranced on the world stage and exercised their over-productive whiskey-marinated brains over how to bring yet more misery to visit on the human race and where there was a lot of intermarriage between members of the same families and as a consequence a lot of inbred idiocy (which ran in a thick vein in Britain even as late as the early nineteenth century) for lack of suitable means of transportation — people just couldn’t leave their little deprived villages or towns to look for partners — at least not until the bicycle was invented in the latter part of the 19th century, which invention somewhat improved the genetic health of the British over time (although problems evidently remain because inbred idiocy has a tendency to run deep and occasionally make it to the surface, witness some of the recent (and current) unelected British leaders).

Britain: Bright Future Denied?

The British Isles have always been and perhaps remain the focus of foreign attention. The kind of attention that comes at the tips of the swords of invaders, that comes crowded with armed people on board men-of-war or that comes as oblique fin-tailed gray shapes strapped under the wings of screeching dive bombers. Indeed, the British Isles were invaded, captured and occupied successfully more than any other land in Europe — at least half a dozen times. But the last three major attempts — by the Spanish with their ill-fated though undefeated Armada, by the victorious French under Napoleon and by the efficient Germans most recently led on by the Fuehrer [although the latter two never went beyond the planning and/or blockade stages] — were not successful or complete.

And it seems that the lack of successful recent foreign occupation is very much to the detriment of Britain!

Back to the future which is now — the British Isles are no longer an Atlantic flashpoint off the shores of Europe, and Britain’s two major neighbors — Germany and France — are no longer locked in dispute as regards sovereignty or their rights over the islands and, more importantly, do not seem to challenge the right, or indeed question the ability, of the British to govern themselves. But it is impossible not to note that the British Isles’ prospects have been severely hampered by continuing British ownership and British home rule.

Transport links between the British Atlantic offshore (aka Britain) and Europe are strong. But trade in the area is very much one-sided – restricted mostly to goods flowing from France and Germany to Britain with almost nothing coming in the other direction. Britain now has virtually nothing to export and what it does export is no longer British-owned anyway.

In the post-war years the Germans and the French invested heavily in their economies and societies. The French developed their agriculture, laid out crop fields and vineyards, built major car factories and nuclear power stations, built their bullet trains, whilst still preserving the beauty and the natural character of their vast countryside. The Germans expanded their Autobahn and Eisenbahn networks, built many industrial facilities and generally became the power house of Europe, if not of the whole world. There is little evidence that the British did something or anything similar — they didn’t have that much to invest anyway — it only took them until a couple of years ago to repay their war-time debt to America — but what little they had they squandered on trying to prop up their sagging empire anyway.

Today the British Isles, with a population of about 65 million, mainly British, just a couple of hours’ flight from Paris and Berlin, are typical British, un-European lands in their character, with villages and towns of dull brick terrace houses, shoddy bungalows, dilapidated farmers’ cottages, run-down industrial facilities and a few major grimy post-industrial cities. The infrastructure looks and is old and poor, and there is little hint of the oil wealth offshore in the Northern Sea or of the big money of the City of London.

Unfortunately the islands feel completely British, although it no longer means Anglo-Saxon or even Caucasian, and there is no mistaking the damp Atlantic climate and the dull foliage on the British Isles — it feels Atlantic offshore completely removed from the Continent of Europe and never its part. Outside the British cities and towns there is little to see but dull and polluted (even the bees have died out!) British countryside under gray clouds.

How different it all could have been!!!

If only the Germans had occupied the British Isles during World War II (and they would have succeeded, had they only set their mind on doing so) the British Isles could well have been a shiny bustling, modern, productive and well developed European land and a good asset to mankind (which it is not now), and wouldn’t have sent so many of its sorry citizens scurrying far and wide over the entire globe rather like cockroaches or even rats crapping all over the world, while the southern part of the largest island in particular would now be criss-crossed with modern railways and Autobahns and efficient Eisenbahns and modern industrial facilities turning out quality goods very much in demand all over the world and it is not too far fetched to say that even the climate would have been that much better.

It could have been!

Germany wake up, arise and do something about it! What needs to be done, and all will be forgiven!

No, you little ugly rag will never fly proudly over the globe, forget it — you were captured and are in a museum now!

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5 Responses to “Britain: Memories of What Might Have Been”

  1. Dazed and Confused Says:

    This is the one percent of the human race that has given the world, Penicillin, television, telephones, electric lighting, the electric motor, the radar, the world wide web, on which you’re communicating from now, Shakespeare, Keats, Dickens, Jane Austin, Darwin, Chaplin, Modern day parliamentary democracy, soccer, rugby, tennis, boxing, squash, cricket

    And you’re whinging?….Are you jealous?

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  2. yankophobe Says:

    No, the television, electric lighting, the electric motor, the radar were certainly NOT given to the world by your percent of the human race. Nor was the world wide web really. Funny how you like to claim you invented everything.

    As to Shakespeare, Keats, Dickens, Jane Austin, Darwin, Chaplin, parliamentary plutocracy, soccer (a stupid and boring game in which they run and kick a round ball), rugby (a stupid game in which they run and kick and grab an oval ball and grab each other too, even below the waist), tennis (a stupid and boring game in which they beat a small ball with netted things), squash (a stupid game in which they knock a small ball against the wall?), cricket (a stupid and boring game in which they do something to a ball with wooden planks — I can’t quite figure out what exactly) and other such rubbish usually involving man-made balls — that’s about right but didn’t the world have to pay too high a price for it?

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  3. thelyniezianRchard Says:

    Actually the electric light probably is ours- the earliest forms go back to Sir Humphrey Davy in the early 1800s, and the classic incandescent bulb, so far as I am aware, was first invented by Joseph Swan prior to any work Edison did. Edison just marketed them well. Television- well, Logie Baird sort of invented an early form of television, though Philo Farnsworth probably deserves more credit. Neither of those two guys were the only ones working on the transmission of images.

    And the World Wide Web? One of the inventors was British (Tim Berners-Lee) and also a Belgian (Robert Cailliau) whilst working for CERN (situated on the French-Swiss border).

    And tennis’s origins are French, though the modern game is British.

    And so on.

    You’re both half-right and half-wrong.

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  4. yankophobe Says:

    Actually for the origin of most of those things you (or anybody) should look altogether beyond the Anglo-American world. Those are just some of many claims to those inventions, and not the most convincing or well-documented ones either. But you know that, don’t you… because you qualify with “as far as I am aware”… you are just not that well aware.

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  5. Paul Says:

    Great Britain civilised the world. Great ideas come from our small island. God Bless Great Britain. All we have to do now is start charging higher prices for Great British ideas and stop importing things we do not need like middle eastern oil. Britain is Great and all Great people know this.

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