UK attitude: an overview

Why is the UK so self-obsessed?

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In September, Jacob Rees-Mogg was photographed almost lying down in parliament and it became a symbol of the embodiment of British arrogance (or a nicer way to put it is: Inbegriff von der Überheblichkeit der Großbritannien) and it is this topic that I will cover today.

DISCLAIMER: This article is based upon my own opinions. Additionally, I am British and I can quote and use examples I have seen, hear, experienced etc from my life there. I will try and cover some of  the MANY reasons for this, but doing all and in detail would take too long.

The easiest way to start is by understanding UK history and out of the many many (ad nauseum) examples I can use; I’ll start with the easiest: the British empire. I know the following quote was concerning other things by the following quote fits too perfectly:

The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
Queen Victoria

There have been many reasons given for the UK forming an empire, but at its core, the main idea was to improve the homeland. The UK has committed many heinous acts through its’ history (1), some committed before and after the Victorian era and the ones who committed them have always been celebrated back in the UK. Such examples are soldiers who fought the Zulu- the Victoria cross (a very prostitutions award was created to commemorate the fallen), the designers of the bouncing bomb were also celebrated. These and further examples highlighted the importance of the UK both to citizens and internationally, showing its’ worth, which is reason 1: ‘proven’ past importance.

Additionally, to add to historical traditions we travel quickly back to 1066 and the battle of Hastings. At the end of this battle (spoilers?!?) William slain Harrold and the old royal bloodline was ended. William became king of a divided country and established a monarchy- which was the bases of following systems that still can be seen today. This system created the upper-, middle-, and working classes which created a tier system to allow anyone to know where they stand. As a quick breakdown:

  • Upper: Royalty and those who are ennobled (have a title)
  • Middle: Skilled and well educated (teachers, doctors etc)
  • Working: the grafters and anyone else

While my description is extremely general- it gives a good oversite into a tradition what should have ended in the 1950’s. This is where reason 2 comes into its’ own: especially concerning the honourable gentleman’s actions in parliament: expectation. The UK expects to remain important, because it has been so for so very long. People expect the EU to graciously allow a perfect Brexit to occur because are we not but too important for anything else?

At time of writing on the 18th of October, the EU has agreed upon a potential Brexit deal but one of the main right-winged politicians (whom has campaigned for Brexit for the best part of 20 years) has stated that they would rather further delay it, than get it on “unjust” terms.

This self-importance has been a trait going back to Tudor Britain- not even the Scottish have been innocent of this. Any internal conflict in the UK has always used the argument of a “God-given right” to rule, wage war etc. It is an unfortunate trait the Americans also picked up (sorry about that).

So we have: expectation, proven importance and expectation- not a nice combination. But is there anything else to add?

At the end of the day, the main concern for the UK government is not just the UK but their own perceived position, and more often than not, self-gain at all levels. Shall I mention that politicians vote on their own pay rises, or campaigns (like the anti-fracking) which are defeated by a local government and at a local government level have been overturned by the government for the promise of economic growth, or shall I mention UK politicians expenses scandals, banker bonuses in failing banks, Thomas cook executives getting major bonuses even though the company has gone into administration etc etc etc.

While there are many who are tying to do good in the UK, there are many more working for an agenda and being part of a system that has some control over the UK government was never going to last. This is the last and final reason: a cultural reason- a selfish culture. If you would like a good example of this, read Harry Potter. There are many Mrs Dursley’s in the UK afterall.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. What do you think- love it or hate it?

Thank you for reading and as always, happy exploring,

Next: BACK TO JAPAN!!!!!

No, you may not change your mind

British attitudes’: Brexit

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Who would have thought that even after moving thousands of miles away from the UK, I cannot escape Brexit news, it’s still on TV here as well.

One of the major problems I have found is with a person’s ability to change their mind.

The Brexit referendum results showed that 17.4 million people voted to leave (51.89%), 16.1 million people voted to stay (48.11%), but only 72.21% of eligible voters voted. Notice the first problem? The victory was marginal at best.

Additionally, in British media there are many reports about undermining the will of the people and being labelled as a traitor. This is where I draw the line.

Firstly, no-one is calling the politicians liars or fraudsters when the campaign they led to get people to leave was based on lies, stories, wishful thinking, and fantasy. There is no mountain of money that is coming to the UK, no fairy tale ending of the ‘good old days’ returning–that thinking is a fallacy for the gullible- and it worked.

Next, this was the snapshot of opinion in 2016, before the public knew they had been lied to by politicians. If the results of a referendum are based upon a lie does it become invalid. According to the UK, nope; you pay a small fine (when looking at overall expenditure for the leave campaign) and continue on your way.

So you now have gained an understanding of what Brexit means, you know you’ve been lied to, there as a marginal victory, and 27% of the population didn’t vote for this. Will Brexit be stopped? No.

I and millions of others have signed petitions after petitions and campaigned for change and it has always been ignored. The UK government is determined to follow the results of a referendum which was based upon a lie, without care of the consequences for the country or internationally.

What I find amusing is the mythic ‘Brexit deal’. The EU and the UK have the equivalent of over 700 ratified treaties andv the UK is unable to complete 1 on its own.

That, more than anything else, should highlight international opinion on the UK.

Thank you for reading and happy exploring.

Next time: is UK arrogance a thing?