David Cameron has the job of standing up for Britain so one would not expect him to say anything else.
His list of things that we (the UK) have given the world was accurate enough but it really isn’t the point.
What matters, as the Americans say, is what you have done recently and your potential to do so tomorrow, the next day and the next and then the months and years into the future.
There is, however, a strong element of truth in what Putin or his apparatchiks is supposed to have said.
Power, other than that which emanates from the Queen and her Governors Generals, is slipping away to the BRICS and our military is a cipher unable on its own to project power or compel anyone to do anything.
We have influence in a number of countries which we still secretly control through the device of having puppets in charge but their number is shrinking by the decade as their subject people demand change and new leaders answerable to them rather than to the UK Government.
Certainly if we cannot afford a coastal protection vessel, aircraft carriers with their own aircraft or enough body armor for our troops we are in no position to throw our weight around as we once could.
We are dependent on imports to meet food demand and only have 4% spare generating capacity so until that changes we are strategically vulnerable to blackmail by militant trades unionists ,those countries we rely on for energy and hostile foreign powers of the future.
Longer term, we are in trouble because our education system is 44th in the world and we are failing to turn out enough engineers,scientists and wealth creators.
Since 1982, we have stopped bothering to keep figures on our balance of payments because on the official figures we are not paying our way and must in reality be relying from other income from undisclosed sources.
One does not have to be a UK-ipper to say these things and want passionately to change them for the better but one does have to be a realist with vision and the desire to help make it happen.
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