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Is Corbyn part of the same syndrome? Is the British Left?

The tragic irony is that the UK is pretty good at a number of things, including science, engineering, the arts, sport, law, and entertainment. Not all of this is because English has favoured language status around the world - originally because of the Empire, now because of the US.

But we've never shaken off the perception of post-imperial mediocrity. And we've been electing the politicians to prove it.

I suspect this may do more to explain the bizarre allure of Brexit than even the neo-feudal effects of neoliberalism.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jan 25th, 2017 at 05:23:17 PM EST
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The problem is that the British are concerned about their self-defined sense of mediocrity. I attribute this to the unresolved class problem. Post WW II all of the really good things about the UK came from others than the old elite. Class influence kept Britons from taking justifiable pride in their own accomplishments. Especially the Welfare State. Class remains the poison at the heart of British society.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 26th, 2017 at 04:45:23 AM EST
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The tragic irony is that the UK is pretty good at a number of things, including science, engineering, the arts, sport, law, and entertainment. Not all of this is because English has favoured language status around the world - originally because of the Empire, now because of the US.

But we've never shaken off the perception of post-imperial mediocrity. And we've been electing the politicians to prove it.

Look, we tried to tell you guys not to boil steak. ;)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Jan 27th, 2017 at 12:47:55 AM EST
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You don't really think they put steak into steak and kidney pie?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 27th, 2017 at 09:28:40 AM EST
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