reply to post by Freeborn
Yeah, it does...but why?
Indoctrination and centuries of conditioning against an 'enemy' will instil that intense dislike and distrust i suppose, couple that with the fact
they are a short hop across the channel and we could literally see them 'break wind in our general direction' on a clear day. and it builds many
barriers and distrust.
De Gaulle was a wanker, and was not, i feel representative of the ordinary French people..people like you and i are not the same as, oh i don't
know..let's just say the majority of British politicians!
We're the people. Not in some kind of beatnik, 1950's communist kind of way, but in the stalwart 1940's keep your chin up when the Germans were
bombing us kind of way.
Not all Germans were NAZIs and not all French were onion munching surrender monkeys either.
We have to remember that most of the fault of division among the whole human race, lays squarely at the feet of the historical 'great and good'
(yeah, right!) of this world, not the great ordinary people.
De Gaulle being a case in point.
I'm not certain about this, but i so feel, clawing away somewhere at the back of my mind, that it's time to let go of our glorious history based on
empire and the bloodshed and misery expended to attain that glory, and instead bask in a leadership role in a new empire? An empire based on peace and
prosperity of the people, not particularly economic prosperity, but advancement in all directions.
Wouldn't you want Great Britain to be respected in such a venture? To be the innovator, the standard bearer?
The one to imitate?
Or shall we become the pariah...the derided nation, left by the sidelines, acknowledged politely, but laughed at behind our backs instead?
I think i would prefer our country to set the standard, to be a respected voice that doesn't have to shout from the sidelines to be heard or taken
seriously, instead of the alternative.