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It's very difficult to get people to engage with established historical fact whne mythology gets in the way.
As Prof. Scharma, the historian, once said, "History is not settled, it is argument and viewpoint".
History, being nuanced, is thus useless for the vainglories of mythology. The greater the policy error, the greater the mythology needed to support it. And right now, the UK is occupied with the mother of all policy errors.
This is why the conservative party is now engaged in a whole slew of culture wars from free speech to preserving the statues of slave owners to proposing the erecting of a 1000 more, one for each winner of the Victoria Cross medal.
There is no pressing need for such statues, indeed the objective of raising them in the homeplace of the winner is going to be embarrassing when so many are for overseas soldiers, but they stir the pot of nationalist sentiment.
In ssuch an atmosphere, a discussion of the reality of Empire is about as welcome as Billy Connolly's apocryphal "fart in a spacesuit".
Nor does it help that, for all the people unwilling to disccuss Imperial reality, there are just as many willing to paint every activity by the British with the tar of depravity and malice. There can be no meeting point between such closed minds.
Right now, the closed minds are in the ascent but, as you note, the pandemic is hiding a multitude of brexit-related problems that are accumulating with alarming rapidity.
this time next year, I doubt there will be such cocksure crowing from the Torygraph.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Feb 19th, 2021 at 06:25:25 PM EST

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