A New Front
Our resident poet reflects upon a ‘New Deal’ for Britain. Entitled a New Front, he takes a critical look at post war (post colonial) Britain’s international diplomacy and relations in comparison to China (Whilst we would much prefer to be more like Switzerland than China our political elites still like to pretend we are a ‘world power’, much to the cost of our young men and exchequer – Ed).
He says “Contrast China, a communist nation (a pauper and in isolation almost up to 1990), with Britain in a post war, post colonial era, but still a world power ostensibly able to take advantage of the world it had ruled up to early ’50′s and had many colonial friends to do deals with.
Yet Britain failed, while this ‘Red Nation of the east’ in the last 20 years has done deals with more than half of the planet on minerals, agriculture, you name it, and wielding incomparable power in the international arena to the astonishment of every other nation including Britain
I always thought that if only Britain had used its old links to better effect, it would have done much better and the blame lies with both Labour and Conservative rulers of Britain.
If China could inherit half the earth through deals, I honestly and strongly feel that Britain could have done better.
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Date: May 6, 2012