Opinion – Dan O’Brien: ‘Britain is leaving Europe. And it is not coming back’ – Op.ed. Irish Independent

As a contrast to the increasingly jingoistic British Right-Wing media, it’s interesting to reflect on the following op.ed. article published in the Irish Independent. The author, Dan O’Brian is Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs, a columnist with Independent newspapers and senior fellow at University College Dublin.

Dan O’Brien: ‘Britain is leaving Europe. And it is not coming back’

Not being a historian, I am unable to challenge the factual representation in the article but it is well researched and argued. It’s powerful and well written, providing snippets of key events in British history going back to the Hundred Year War and tries to distill a common theme.  Of course historians would perhaps take exception based on a different world-views or question the methodology. Notwithstanding these caveats, I was very surprised by the strength of the conclusion – it really is relevant and probably generalizable. Read it for yourself and share your own opinions. A friend in Dublin brought the article to my attention and I thank him.

At the moment, the British media is in a frenzy and pumping out highly biassed viewpoints, with newspaper owners and editors looking to be on the winning side.

Yesterday, I critiqued an excellent article from the editor of the Spectator: Opinion – Battle begins – the Spectator – Fraser Nelson

My personal conclusion remains gloomy. History reminds us that when the jingoism subsides, there is often much blood and tears before victory or defeat.


Opinion – The Massacre That Led to the End of the British Empire – via NYT – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is correct and the article is factually wrong in every respect.

Dyer, in the inquiry which followed the massacre, was admonished for giving insufficient time between his warning and the orders to fire if the people didn’t disperse. This was because some of the youngest victims were under the age of 4.

The British Empire came to an end, in its final form, with the independence movement in India, instigated by Ghandi and in the botched separation of India and Pakistan by Mountbatten, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 50 million people in Hindu versus Muslim religious strife.

After these events, we had independence movements in Africa, the Kenyan and Cyprus “emergencies”, which ended in 1964 and 1956 respectively – both decades after 1919.

The British Empire, in reality, metamorphosed into the Commonwealth, and the UK positioned stooges such as Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya to do our bidding, whilst supposedly operating as independent Republics.

The Monarch is head of the Commonwealth and, using delegated authority through her Governors General, has the power to fire Prime Ministers and approve or reject budgets. Two Australian Prime Ministers were fired in this way and Sir John Major, in his memoirs and on the BBC, said that the New Zealand Prime Minister was in front of him awaiting an audience with the Queen to have his budget approved.

Robert Mugabe, whilst in the bush, fighting the Rhodesian SAS, had his life saved by a tipoff from MI6 so from that point on owed his life and allegiance to the UK.

The old “Empire” has gone but the new hidden one is very much in evidence, although money generated from it never reaches UK shores.

John Gelmini