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A Philosophical Glance at the Future of Britain

Updated on February 27, 2012

Time for Britain to get some Humility

Despite government austerity and optimism, there can be little doubt that the UK - Britain - is in a hell of a mess.

Personal and corporate debt are at unsustainably high levels. Inflation has many families to the point of being unable to carry on; credit card debt is on the rise again and the Tory Government is still borrowing more - or printing - more money.

Greece hovers on the edge of complete collapse, despite the injection of billions of Euros by the EU. Britain, herself, was also forced to divvy-up around 1000 euros per family to help Greece, money we could ill afford.

So what will Britain do in the case that it becomes the new Greece, a not unlikely scenario in a couple of years?

Will the “sons and daughters” help? Britain is the key-stone of a faltering “Commonwealth,” an institution belonging firmly in the past, according to many in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, etc. These young and vibrant nations are forging ahead, along with the world leaders of China, Brazil, India and the rest. The modern citizens of these once outposts of the Empire see the only common ground as being language, and would certainly baulk at having to bail-out a floundering “Motherland” whose “tough love” for them in the past was forged with more self-interest than altruism.

Will these beleaguered islands be able to turn to the USA once again?

The ‘States has bailed Britain and Europe out for the last 100 years. If it were not for American bravery, unselfishness and generosity there would be no French, British and the rest, merely an extension of the Axis Powers, all speaking German and being ruled by some young Adolph.

The Brits find it hard to admit this, of course, and hide their insecure bitterness by criticizing North Americans, like vipers in some great hearth. There’s no hatred as virulent as the blind variety.

Even if the USA would be disposed to help the land of its forefathers again, they have little spare cash or resources to do so. The US wouldn’t see Britain fall to some foreign invader without helping, I am sure, but this would mean using the military and stored munitions, plus there is always spoils to go the victors. Lending us vast sums of dollars would be quite another case.

Britain has a lot of false pride. Unlike Ireland, Portugal and Greece, etc., the Brits would find it a tough nut to swallow should they need to go to Germany and France, etc., hat in hand. Britain has showed no little arrogance towards the European Union since Cameron took over, anyway; he might not get a warm reception and would certainly be asked to toe a line which would humiliate him beyond reason.

Britain in winter, 2012, is a powder keg barely kept from the smoldering fuse. The country is practically ungovernable and a holy mess with runaway alcoholism and barely controlled ill-health. Police came down hard on last year’s London riots, but they were mild compared to what we see in Greece and the Middle East.

Unemployment and inflation rise. The government seeks to ease the welfare burden by raising the age of state pensioners, forcing people into unpaid, menial work while threatening to stop their benefits. Those that can - such as bankers - still legally steal by awarding themselves huge salaries and bonuses.

Thousands of British families emigrate each month, but are replaced from legal and illegal immigration through Europe. Our borders remain porous and little is done by effete and ineffective ministers.

Billions are wasted on the Olympics which few want or can get tickets for, and are a security disaster in the making. More is wasted in foreign aid, purely national egotism, most of which does not get to where it’s most needed. We still have conflicts raging in Afghanistan and are paying for two in Iraq and Libya - the last which has “ended” with a full blooded tribal civil war in the making.

Yet Britain can’t shut up! Can’t stop playing the big man on campus. Can’t seem to learn the lesson of humility, modesty and quietude - as happened in Germany, for instance.

We still scream “Rule Britannia,” that idiotic jingle that perhaps meant something two hundred years ago when we had a navy. Or we still implore a disinterested universe to “Send her (Queen) victorious.” Victory these days for the poor old weary trout probably means a good dump!

Who are they trying to kid!!?? Watch any program, such as the long running “Question Time” on BBC. The audience snickers at all the puffery and political braggadocio. They know we are just a shadow of what we were even 50 years ago.

Oh, well, no sense belaboring the point…I suppose we’ll have to soon flog the dump to the Chinese - if they’ll have it!


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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hiya Missy. Thanks for popping in again. WE are on alert here to find a young girl (5) kisnapped by a pedo last night. They have just arrested him and found his van, but the kid's missing and it's right near a torrential river! Hope against hope for her, poor little mite.


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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      We can't afford these wars either. Funny how some people here say it has to be pay as you go 'til it comes to war and they love war so much they don't care what must be sacrificed to fight them.

      Will have a link here somewhere when I get moved. Will probably start by moving all my hubs on sex education so when you see them disappearing that will be your hint that I'm on my way out.

      First I was told advertisers were offended by my hubs on sexuality despite there being an add for a 900 number on it, and then I was told another hubber complained. Probably a frustrated hubber. ;)

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      Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

      Zbiegniew Brezinski called Britain a "bridgehead" into Eurasia. In Europe France and Germany were more important than the UK in his opinion. That neatly sums up the situation. A small nation punching above its weight.

      But domestically it's not as bad as I thought it would get. Nowhere near the 'winter of discontent' of 1979 or the summer of riots in 1981

      Cheers mate

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      ECLECTIC PLETHORA 6 years ago from LOST IN TIME

      Wow Bob ... this article is brutally honest.

      Dare I say biased with a bit of American overtone?

      Just being facetious :)

      It's actually nice to read an article where someone writes a positive mention of the United States for its generosity and willingness to help other countries when it can't even help itself. Sorry, I had to put that in there too.

      As an American, I do appreciate the partnership between Great Britain and the United States on their fight against the war on terrorism and hunger around the world. Though we had our dissension from the long ago past, I feel our bond remains solid in this day and age.

      Long live the King ... William!!!

      Getting ahead of myself :)

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks again,'re everywhere today!


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      Graham Lee 6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      An excellent thought provoking hub. I think dialogue can run forever on this one.

      Best Wishes.

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      Well, America is the BFF of the UK and I can see why, birds of a feather. Hopefully both countries will get it one day, but right now I have my doubts too. Great hub.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Sophia: Americans are patriotic, undoubtedly, but they do have some reason. It's just dumb luck, but North Americans are born into a vast and magnificent land of mountains, plains, deserts and coast with great weather in the south and huge resources. Britain, by contrast, has no reason to keep shouting "Rule Britannia," etc. We are a burned and bitter little island and need to fade into obscurity. You don't see countries like Norway, for example, ahead off Britain in every way that matters, sticking its nose in all over the world and telling people how to live their lives, as if we had a good example to offer, or startying foreign wars for shady reasons... then we drag all our friends along with us.

      I could go on....


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      Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

      Bob, I've heard that from everybody I know. I foresaw that when I left. And even then (2003), my conclusion was that the US was a decade behind. Both of them have declining social structures. Even my daughter mentioned to me last week - out of the blue - that she could see the social structures declining by the minute - and she's only 26!

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Sophia:

      You have to visit the UK now, Sophia, the atmosphere here is desperation.

      Thanks for visit


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      Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

      Um, the US suffers the same issues as the UK - only about a decade behind. In other decade, it will be in the same place, I think.

      Are there any solutions?

      Social structure is vital for any nation to succeed. When social (as in sociology) structure breaks down, eventually nations do as well. This is what eventually happened in Rome.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Tilly: We'll all go down together, saluting some damn flag.


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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Funny, so much of what you said about Britain could be said about the U.S. We are just as arrogant in thinking we can keep going at the rate we are. The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Unemployment and inflation rise here as well and yet we still give billions in foreign aid. I think the entire World is in a mess! Time to rethink how things are being done., everywhere. While God is saving the Queen He'd better save the rest of the world too!

      Voted up.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      There is little national fervour for the Olympics. People are more worried about the economy and the transportation problems the games will engender. France, by every yardstick, should have been awarded the games for 2012: they had all the infrastructure in place whereas we had to practically start from scratch. It's not even so much the tickets are expensive although they are, but thousands just can't get one - for any event. It's a national disgrace but so typical of RIB.


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      PhiMaths ATB 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC, USA

      I agree with Bell, though I was under the impression that Cuba had the best healthcare in the word. The NHS is very good but does have its problems, especially with the changes the Torys are making vis. decentralising to GPs, &c.

      Also, that few want the Olympics doesn't seems right, give the rate that the tickets sold out, though I do agree that said tickets are far too expensive. The money spent on the Olympic park is a classic example of a public project creating jobs, which will later be used for the benefit of the public, such as lost cost housing, and infrastructure in East London which needed renewal anyway.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Thanks for visti and opinions, Bell


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      bell du jour 6 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Bob, I agree with a lot of what you have said, but to give Britain some credit they do have the best health service in the world. Young or old rich or poor, everyone is looked after if they become ill. Unfortunately for Americans the opposite is true, without health insurance a person can be simply left to die. I think I would rather live in Britain.



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