Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Britain's delusion of being a world power to continue.

Great Britain has lost an Empire and has not yet found a role
 Dean  Acheson (as the United States Secretary of State under President Harry S. Truman
  • Speech at West Point (5 December 1962)
Over  50 years on it appears that  there is still no acceptance that "Great Britain has lost an Empire" and no desire to accept any other role

We may mock UK defence Gavin Willamson blustering  nd compare his blustering to Captain Manewaring,but his outburst point to desperate post-brexit  government  seeking to create a Falklands  factor to divert the populace from what many see as years of Austerity after Brexit Deal or No Deal.

As the Guardian reports 
"Gavin Williamson’s boast that Brexit could “enhance the UK’s lethality” is the latest in a string of naive forays by the 42-year-old defence secretary. He may have intended it as a boost to Britain’s global military standing but it is more likely to just confirm Williamson’s reputation as the cabinet’s Private Pike, the hapless youth in the sitcom Dad’s Army.
In his first 15 months in the job Williamson’s antics have regularly invited the Captain Mainwaring response of “Stupid boy!”
In March, in the wake of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Williamson had a message for the chief suspects. “Frankly, Russia should go away and should shut up,” he said in remarks that were widely ridiculed in both Russia and the UK."

His latest statement includes 

Claiming  that 

The Royal Navy should be able to “develop a reign of terror down enemy coasts”, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said today.

That Swarm squadrons" of drones are to be deployed by British armed forces to overwhelm enemy air defences, the defence secretary has said.

As Tom Peck in the independent  points out...

"...I don’t know if you’ve noticed Gavin, but you could send your brand new amphibious assault ships in all their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers glory straight up the white cliffs of Dover with explicit instructions to seek out leadership and they would come back with absolutely nothing. If there were any leadership in Britain, it would not have a defence secretary that says things like, “Russia should shut up and go away.”We are currently the nation the world turns to when it’s in need of a good laugh, and to be fair to little Gavin, he more than pulls his weight on that front. It’s possible this will not always be Britain’s place in the world, but one thing will have to happen first. We will, finally, have to work out that our future simply does not lie in deluded fantasies about Britain leading the world. It lies in precisely the same place as our recent past, as a small but great country, amplifying its position in the world through showing leadership in the institutions of the European Union.
Anything else is just surrender dressed up as bravery. Little boys playing with their toys. We’ll get there in the end, but we will have to do it the hard way, and by the time it happens, little Gavin and his little friends will be long gone, though never quite forgotten

According to BuzzFeed News, Williamson’s general use of language has even angered his colleagues in the Ministry of Defence. One former adviser reportedly said:
There is a tendency for some who arrive in the department to want to play with the toys and grandstand, which is something to be avoided – it’s not great. The language has been a little bit alarming to those in the services.”

“The shooting from the hip and choice of words has raised a few eyebrows because it’s not particularly statesmanlike.

However it is important to note that when we stop laughing art Gavin Williamson  sabre rattling , we need to consider that he represents  a  large number of Conservatives and indeed the Labour Party who live in the delusion that Britain 


Anonymous said...

Few of the papers have picked up on the fact that half of HMS Queen Elizabeth's fighter wing will be made up of borrowed US jets when she is sent into the South China sea. Does this mean we are frightened of sending "Big Lizzie" as the Sun tells us the ship is called rather unflatteringly by her crew to challenge the Navy of China and need the big boy with us or are we acting as a vassal state with US embedded forces to check we don't mess it up and follow the US script as part of their trade war negotiation.

GPB said...

Mr Williamson must have misread the script. Buccaneering Britain will be free in April to find new markets and trading deals to make up for the loss of trade in the EU. Former chancellor Osborne was prepared to sacrifice the Welsh steel industry and stopped EU actions to combat dumping of subsidised steel in Europe to ensure the City of London became the hub for golbal renmimbi trading. Can't think China will forget and I'm sure those good old boys in the City and supporters of nuclear power with all those Chinese financial connections will be sleeping easily in their beds.