The Real Danger to the U.K: The U.S

By Ben Cohen

Here’s an interesting piece by Linda Colley from the Guardian about Britain’s incestuous relationship with the United States, and why it has undermined Britain’s national security. It is a subject mainstream politicians in the U.K will not touch, regardless of what the majority of the population believes:

We Fret Over Europe, but the real threat to sovereignty has long been the U.S

By Linda Colley

One knows something is important when the powers that be choose not

to acknowledge it in public. Since 1945, Britain has been subject to at

least three invasions. Two of these invasions have been massively

discussed, and are widely viewed as having challenged and complicated

understandings of what it means to be British. The empire came home, in

that migrants from former overseas colonies settled here in large

numbers, as they never had before the war; and Britain joined what is

now the European Union, and became subject to interventions of

different kinds emanating from Brussels.

The third post-1945

invasion was just as momentous, yet official and media silence about it

is usually deafening. Since 1947, there have been US military bases in

the UK: something that would have been unthinkable before 1939.

Schoolchildren

in the United States are still taught that London’s decision to keep

10,000 troops in the colonies after 1763 was one of the precipitants of

the American revolution. Yet, according to the available statistics,

over 10,500 US military personnel were stationed in the UK as late as

2005, a higher total than in any other European state, barring Germany

and Italy, both defeated in the second world war. In all, well over 1.3

million US personnel have been stationed here since 1950, without – so

far as I know – any consultation of the electorate.

It is not the

exact number of these troops, however, but what they represent that is

significant – namely London’s postwar position of considerable

clientage to Washington in terms of foreign policy and much else.

To

refer to these subjects is to invite accusations of anti-Americanism.

But I am not anti-American. I have worked in the US for 20 years. My

point is not American power, but rather the double standard that

characterises so much British political discourse. Sections of the

media and members of both major parties have been all too eager to bang

the autonomy drum when it comes to Europe. But there is a marked

unwillingness to analyse the challenges to British independence from US

influence; and those touching on the subject are swiftly denounced. To read the full article on the Guardian, click here.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.