Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire
Books on Brexit explaining how and why parts of Britain voted to leave the European Union are falling hot off the press. Some promise the full story of the political manoeuvring that got us to this point, others promise to make sense of the vote, with a couple focusing on the supposed evils of immigration and Islam.
In Rule Britannia, Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson tell...more
A real problem with the book is that it focuses mostly on how the Tory-Brexit elite conceptualise Brexit, citing the imperial origins of the educa ...more
Rather than the general commentary on Brexit - a "stick in the eye" to the elite or a "protest vote" at the ruling powers - the book's hypothesis is that the vote can be traced to the culture of entitlement that flowed from the Empire and the decline of the UK in tandem with the dissolution of the Empire.
I think th ...more
authors that are bold and frank in their writing, who has done many detailed research to provides all the statistics to support their writing & presentation - and to reveal a true and honest conditions of the colonial past histories that bring the country to the present day - ie what the country is experiencing and going through. One such highlights is the inequality in education that is still prevalent in Britain today. And those (hidden) self ...more
It draws on facts. It gives the biographical background to the key players. It explains simply what the British Empire was and why it was never a Good Thing, why its legacy is infinitely perilous, and what has been happening over the last century.
It is plainly written, and never without humour. An education.
It was published before the final twist: the Westminster Conservative government's increase in power (not what the authors anticipated or construed a ...more
The spectre of empire and education - and how we view that period is really interesting and strikes a chord that more superficial analyses miss. This is not just an economic play but a cultural war that means our politicians mourn our loss of influence but don’t understand how to reshape this.
The final third of the book does drift into th ...more
Well researched and referenced the reader is taken through a roller coaster of the evils of the British Empire and an account of how the Brexit w is the last breath of the Empire builders.
I lost count of the possible powerful quotes this book provides and the forensic destruction of the Conservative Party is an ...more
Danny Dorling explodes a few Brexit and other myths. Older Southern and better off English Tory voters provided most of the Leave votes. The legacy of Empire underpins the UK's childish 4 year pursuit of the benefits of EU membership without the responsibilities, an arrogance that is blind to extreme inequality and public services eroded by austerity, cruelly exposed by the pandemic. Illustrated by fascinating charts and diagrams, it takes us up to last February. ...more
In 2020, they appear comically woke. They avoid the facts while accusing everyone else of ignorance. They retreat into echo chambers. They see bigotry everywhere. They love all things foreign. They long for supranationalism and miscategorise authoritarianism as “liberalism.”
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Danny Dorling has lived all his life in England. To try to counter his myopic world view, in 2006, Danny started working with a group of researchers on a project to remap the world (www ...more