( A three-minute read)
If one were to takes a look at England from the outside you would see that two world wars and the end of empire diminished its role in the 20th century.
Now the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union is raising significant questions about the country’s global role. It is redefining its place in the world with Brexit but is it now in danger of dying of inanition.
The world is on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution “A tech revolution that started with the internet but has now spread to everything from materials science to medicine to robotics.
The world is also at the beginnings of a green revolution, that started with carbon reduction and is now changing the way people run businesses and live their lives.
We all know that England has a rich literary heritage encompassing the works of English writers such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. That the empire riches lead to the Industrial Revolution- to inventions- to inequality -to wealth- to world influence and power in fact – to all its present day’s problems.
Unfortunate it squandered its Industrial Revolution manufacturing to service industries. Devotion to business and profit is now hocking its entire economy to save a broken system at the cost of social equality and a possible loss of international influence.
More recently, the UK has suffered a deep economic slump and high public debt as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, which revealed its over-reliance on easy credit, domestic consumption, and rising house prices.
The current English government is making life a whole lot less secure for many people. “Foreigners mate.” Take our jobs, undercut our wages is the great social media lie that is driving England into Isolation.
If it ever needed an example of the consequences of an isolation policy the recent abhorrent Salisbury assassination ( which are now resulting in tit for tat diplomatic expulsions) shows that with Mr. Putin been re-elected for a further six-year acting alone will not be enough.
It may well turn out that the substance used was manufactured in Russia and England is right to point the finger at Russia for its development but there is too large a gray area as to who used it.
Russia must have known that it would be linked to the assassination but I am unable to see the logic in the use a nerve agent. If Russian wanted the X soviet spy dead without a traceable trail back to the country it could have bumped Mr. Sergei and without his daughter Yulia with a bullet.
There is no benefit for Putin to be deliberately courting UK hostility.
On the other hand, the Russian use of murder as part of statecraft is well known.
There is nothing new about a high-profile or outspoken person being assassinated.
It is one of the oldest tools in the book to get rid of someone who is either too powerful, too dangerous or too inconvenient.
One way or the other the UK acting alone will not be enough in the long-term as there will be many that will not want or who will be unwilling to risk their links with Moscow in support of what they now see as a UK/Russia row.
Even though it is the core duty of the British government to deal effectively with a nerve gas attack on our streets, which has seriously incapacitated three people and endangered many more we are all going to need Moscow’s help to tackle the major international problems of terrorism.
Eventually in the long term, when the dust settles we will have to look for potential areas of cooperation with Russia which could begin to rebuild the shattered relationship with the West. Terrorism and perhaps the governing of cyberspace are good places to start.
When you become isolated you start kicked out every bit of imagination embracing inanition with false assumption that feeds back into further arguments distracting attention from failures of the British financial system.
Since no one would be expected to invest in an economy where future prospects and current creditworthiness are declared to be so shaky, leading who knows where?
Tomorrow’s consumption can only be funded by tomorrow’s production.
Stimulus…its what kind of stimulus and how to apply it intelligently that should be the focus of the governments’ economic policies in the UK, not isolation.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks chucked in the bin.