13 September 2013

Britain's incurable addiction

Britain has been named the European capital of drug addiction.  This is about 'legal highs', such as alcohol and chemical substances.  There are other 'legal highs' though, which are not mentioned in the report.  One is the 'legal high' of imagining that the sun did not set on the empire and that the people living in lands plundered by Britain should do whatever David Cameron (or Tony Blair or John Major) thinks they should do.  The other 'legal high' is selective amnesia. Britain drops invisible bombs and supports countries that drop invisible bombs.  That delusion is a heady 'legal' substance.  Britain has forgotten that it's power has diminished to the point that it operates like another state of the USA, just that it is on the other side of the Atlantic.  Maybe a little bigger than Puerto Rico. But this drug makes the British political leadership believe that it is Europe, forget about being a drug capital of that continent!


sajic said...

Dont forget, however, that the British Parliament said 'no' to the invasion of Syria; and even members of the ruling party voted against Cameron's motion. And British public opinion was overwhelmingly against the invasion of Iraq, though Blair went with Bush. There was no intimidation of protesters and no bullying by police or army.
Can that happen here?

colinlanka said...

This sounds like post colonial paranoia. Since SL has being doing it's own thing for the past 65 years it is disturbing to hear this view from a young, intellectual, well respected editor. The truth is political Britain isn't interested in the Commonwealth - unfortunately, but it does like posturing over human rights on the international stage. And its police aren't quite so passive as Sajic suggests.

colinlanka said...

This article sounds a bit like post colonial paranoia. Since the country's been going it's own way for the past 65 years it is quite stunning to see such bile from a young intellectual editor of some standing. The truth is Britain cares very little - unfortuately, for the Commonwealth, but it likes to posture on the international stage on human rights. And it's police aren't as passive in demonstrations as Sajic suggests.