This posting is dedicate to my friend Jim at the Northside Grill, as it reflects his world view quite well. Though Afghanistan was never really a British colony, more of a zone of influence. You would see more grand buildings if it had ever made it to full colony. Interestingly, the article omits the United States from the list of trouble spots that are former British colonies. 🙂 and also the interesting fact that Mozambique, and Rwanda have joined the British Commonwealth, though they were never British colonies and Algeria has applied to join. Must be something going on here….And to be fair the worst post-colonial catastrophe is probably the former Belgian Congo…though Indian Partition comes close.
Strikes and nasty economic problems in South Africa? Yet another former British Colony.
Election violence in Kenya? And another former British Colony.
Ongoing misery under Evil Dictator Mugabe in Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia? Still another former British Colony.
What’s my point? I don’t suppose I really have one, other than the general evils of colonialism. Thank goodness “we” don’t do that anymore.
Except that we do. Today the US and many European nations practice not military colonialism, but economic colonialism, the evils of which are more subtle, and far less apparent to the public eye
The British Empire circa 1930:
Footnote: I thought Jim would also like this instruction from the British Ministry of Transport in the 1950s:
‘Visitors are informed that in the United Kingdom traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. In the interests of safety, you are advised to practise this in your country of origin for a week or two before driving in the UK.’
Which is almost as good as the famous newspaper headline: ‘Fog in the channel, continent isolated.’