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Britain doesn't just glorify its violent past: it gets high on it - Afua Hirsch
My entry into this war zone happened by accident a year ago, when I suggested on these pages that we take another look at Nelson's legacy. I wasn't actually waiting in a bulldozer, ready to storm Trafalgar Square, as some people seemed to believe, but simply calling for an appraisal of the hitherto obscured facts.

Those facts remain of minor consequence to the vocal and influential parts of British society that regard the act of raising them as heretical. The instinct is to shoot the messenger. Our great white male media grandees - it is a remarkably consistent demographic - meet simple statements of fact about the historical record with hysterical, table-thumping personal attacks. It's the kind of lashing out that happens when you try to wean someone off an addiction. In this case, Britain is addicted to glory.

There are Empire nostalgics on this side of the Channel too, but nowhere near this level of frenzy.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:15:16 PM EST
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