Do we get our Empire back, then?

This is from a Lib Dem MP:

Wasn’t the supremacy of sovereignty and self-government over economics and political stability the entire basis of the anti-colonial movement?

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13 thoughts on “Do we get our Empire back, then?

  1. @Rob Harries

    Name me one LibDem – or one MP would do – who know enough about technology to be called a technocrat (or indeed, enough about management to be able to manage even a small company, let alone an entire economy).

    Someone should really sue the 3 main parties under the Trades Descriptions Act.

  2. Trouble is, once the old colonial masters are thrown out, you have to get the economy and politics right unless you want to go cap in hand to the new colonial masters – the Russians and the Chinese.

  3. It is a disingenuous statement. Sovereignty is not vague. The key question is what the balance is between ceding authority over certain areas (such as the regulation of cucumbers etc.), and the flexibility to modify our own laws to suit us. I don’t think anybody is banging on about ABSOLUTE sovereignty, but there is no conflict between controlling immigration to the UK, which is obviously an area where a great many people feel very strongly, and harmonised standards for cucumbers.

    The EU and to a lesser extent the single market (EEA) are largely political projects and not economic. GDP (not to mention happiness) is much more strongly correlated with technology than with trade, at least for developed nations above a certain size. It is true, however, that there would be significant adjustment cost to the UK leaving the single market, but this is a one off cost, and if managed well leaving could be a j-curve event for the UK.

  4. “Someone should really sue the 3 main parties under the Trades Descriptions Act.”

    Indeed, the parties should be

    Liberal party (formed of about 30 conservative MPs and 10 labour MPS)
    Fascists (blue)
    Fascists (red)
    Fascists (Scottish)
    Fascists (green)

  5. You’ve been busy posting, quiet day in work?

    Heh! My post frequency all depends on what I find to write about!

  6. Thud, Tim works in France. The rest of the office have probably gone home for Christmas already and Tim is just minding the store.

  7. Tim is just minding the store

    No doubt ensconced safely behind a row of hastily deployed concrete anti-vehicle barriers. It is Christmas, after all.

  8. Wasn’t the supremacy of sovereignty and self-government over economics and political stability the entire basis of the anti-colonial movement?

    Yes, and we saw how well that went in most places…

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