CAMERON DEFENDS BRITISH SLUR FROM RUSSIA – It was only last week that I wrote about how governments are acting like petulant children who have resorted to name calling when they don’t get their own way.
A number of the U.S newspapers carried headlines calling Britain cowards after David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, suffered a humiliating defeat in the vote for supporting military strikes on Syria.
I pointed out then, as I will in this case, that sticks and stones may break our bones but names will never hurt us.
The issue is of course the slur that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, was supposed to have leveled at Britain. It was reported that Mr. Putin referred to Britain as ‘Small Island that no one pays any attention to’.
David Cameron, along with many others took umbrage against the slur; although Mr. Putin quickly denied having said such a thing.
The point is… does it really matter in the greater scheme of things? Has Britain really sunk that low it perception of its own self-worth that would allow such an insult to require a response?
What Mr. Cameron should have done was to have smiled gracefully and maybe retort with something such as; ‘I never did mind the little things and of course there is a far greater issue at hand here.’
Unfortunately Mr. Cameron took the slight to heart and hit back; but such action has not only made Mr. Cameron look extremely foolish and out of touch but in the process simply reaffirmed that Britain really has become a tiny island that is insignificant to the rest of the world.
Mr. Cameron actually tried to use a similar speech used by that of Hugh Grant in the movie ‘Love Actually’ where Hugh Grant, playing the part of the British Prime Minister stood up against the U.S President, played by Billy Bob Thornton, saying that Britain maybe a small country but it is also a great country; producing the likes of the Beatles, Shakespeare, Churchill, Harry Potter, David Beckham’s right foot, David Beckham’s left foot, come to that… well you get the idea and I’m sure you have seen the movie.
Whilst many who have seen the movie ‘Love Actually’ and agree it wasn’t a bad speech with a nice twist of humour that only Hugh Grant could deliver, it is not the sort of speech one would expect from an actual sitting Prime Minister; especially one that considers ‘One Direction’ as something that has conquered the world; albeit in a musical sense.
Yes, Mr. Cameron actually used the boy band ‘One Direction’ as an example of British greatness… oh dear, oh dear.
Unfortunately that was only the start of the embarrassment as Mr. Cameron quoted other shining attributes including Television, the Internet and English as being the international form of communication; it was perceived that this jibe at Mr. Putin was personal, as it is well known that whilst he does speak English he doesn’t like to do so.
Mr. Cameron did make some good points such as that Britain was responsible for defeating fascism in Europe, abolishing slavery on the high seas and innovation that lead the industrial age; in fact here’s an interesting article on 350 British inventions that have made the world what it is today:
According to Mr. Cameron Britain still leads the world today with art, sport, music, philosophy and above all diplomacy. Mr. Cameron may have a point but the truth is that Britain is no longer the country it once was.
Britain is a hugely divided nation; certain aspects of this can be directly blamed at our immigration policy. We have become, as many see it, a segregated nation of economic refugees and criminals who simply want looking after at the taxpayers’ expense.
Some might argue against this saying that Britain is a humanitarian country that cares enough about the plights of others and in doing so we provide them with food and shelter. Yes, the topic could be argued either way.
There is no question that Britain once dominated some 75 per cent of the world; but is this something to be proud of? Many see the Imperial Empire as little more than an oppressive regime whilst others look upon it as Britain aiding the world by helping them to develop and grow their own economies.
Again, this could be argued both ways; however the question remains; ‘Is Britain an insignificant bit player in world affairs; as it is alleged Mr.Putin said?’
As a British national I personally didn’t find Mr. Putin’s remarks in the least bit offensive and if anything allowed me to stand back and examine Britain’s perceived ‘greatness’.
I have long held the belief that Britain lost the ability to put ‘great’ before the nation many years ago. Yes we cannot deny that Britain was once a proud, innovative and resourceful nation but that I am afraid is a bygone era that has been eroded by mass immigration and political correctness.
The one thing, in all of this bickering and stupidity, that I find the most offensive is the remark from Tory MP Henry Smith who wrote on Twitter: ‘Putin really is a tosser.’
If this remark is a reflection of Mr. Cameron’s perception that Britain is the diplomatic beacon of the world then Britain has truly lost the plot.
Henry Smith’s remark, and view, is highly offensive but clearly shows the mentality and ability of those who are supposedly running this country. I strongly suspect that the Prime Minister will have something to say about Mr. Smith’s remark and no doubt relieve him of the post that he holds.
I am not trying to suggest that Britain is not a proud nation with a long and illustrious history but we certainly have made our fair share of mistakes.
Of course it could be viewed that we, as a nation and under the guise of political correctness indoctrination, have tried to assert our persona as one of reason and diplomacy and yet Mr. Cameron has failed miserable once again.
We’ve all heard how the Prime Minister was humiliated in the Commons vote over our involvement with Syria and yet I would say that his latest antics are not only personally humiliating but also humiliating for the nation.
Maybe someone should have quoted to Mr. Cameron; “Better to keep your mouth shut and be presumed a fool than open it and remove doubt.”, before he decided to give his little ‘Britain is Great’ speech.
I am sure most of us, including myself, would like to view Britain as a great nation; for we have achieved much. However this Government and the previous Labour Government has done everything in its power to dissolve what we know as British.
The stark truth is that we are no longer militarily capable of engaging in war with any nation and our military might has been slowly but surely eroded away as our politicians have diverted taxpayer’s money to other countries in the form of foreign aid; and all with the notion that it makes Britain appear to be the ultimate diplomatic and humanitarian country on the planet.
Mr. Putin may have a point; one that most British nationals find difficult or even offensive. However maybe we and our Government should step back and ask why Mr. Putin perceives Britain as nothing more than a ‘bit player’ on the world stage.
I suspect most of it comes down to the fact that Britain can no longer act upon its words for it no longer has the military might nor the will to do so.
I often wonder how many of us Brits wake up every morning and feel proud to be British and indeed confident in Britain’s ability as a nation to protect itself and help resolved other conflicts around the world.
The truth is that Britain no longer holds any real power on the world stage and therefore the only thing it is capable of doing is engaging in the art of diplomacy. Of course this is not a bad attribute for British history clearly tells us that going to war or colonizing another country is not always the route to peace.
We should remain a proud nation for we have achieved so much and yet if we are to once again achieve the status of being a great nation then we must examine our ‘special relationship’ with the U.S and as Hugh Grant suggested not allow such a country to bully us into a position that would lead us into yet another illegal conflict as it did with Iraq.