Friday, 28 September 2007

GB=GB=GB=GB=GB=GB=GB - Where Next?

How many times do we have to hear the voices of long gone politics and nostalgic references to Britain's greatness? Great Britain disappeared with the end of the Victorian Era and its fate was sealed at the end of the Second World War. We grew up in a world where Britain was a pale shadow of its past, with former colonies one by one declaring their independence - one of the first being Ghana. Now all that remains of a once-glorious Empire are the Falkland Islands, saved for posterity by an Iron Lady, now the mentor of GB - Gordon Brown. But GB does not live in a GB - a Great Britain. He lives in a small but relatively prosperous country which is a member of the European Union, a union made up of 26 other nations. Factually "Great Britain" is not a nation, but a composite of nations which have yet to gain their independence from this former colonial power.
GB (Gordon Brown) is like King Canute (Knut), a Danish King of England who foolishly thought he could hold back the tide. He failed of course. Gordon Brown believes he can hold back the tide of devolution which is greater than was envisaged by the men and women of Westminster and has taken on a life of its own. This is why I quoted the allusion to Pandora's Box - forces have been unleashed which will not be turned back.
Wales and Scotland are on their way to independence and have the bit between their teeth. Already the majority, not all nationalists, will vote for a Welsh Parliament, and later we will see what we will see!

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