I’m British, Embarrassed And Ashamed!

News today that John Cleese, that great comedian and star of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and other glorious offerings…

…is relocating to the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis. The reason: he’s had enough of the United Kingdom and its grotesque right-wing government. I can’t say I blame him. Despite living in France, I’m close enough to my homeland to smell the stench of barely dormant fascism drifting across the English Channel.

The ongoing bickering and infighting among British politicians over what’s become the banality of Brexit is disgusting enough, but the final straw was witnessing Donald Trump and his legalized doxy parading themselves before the Queen of England at Windsor Castle yesterday.

That the British government could allow it after the abuse Trump has hurled at the U.K. and Europe during his time in the White House, is symptomatic of just how far to the right of politics the Tories have drifted. Their allegiance to the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, and affiliations to UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), would have been unheard of a few years ago.

I’m sure I’m not the only one breathing a sigh of relief today that Donald Trump has taken himself off to one of his golf courses in Scotland and out of the limelight (hopefully) for a short while.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister…

…and one of the few politicians I have any time for, has refused to meet him. She’s also one of the few to stand up to him, and like all bullies he hates her for it. As a former advisor to Theresa May told the Huffington Post:

“He totally hates Nicola Sturgeon. He spends lots of his time bitching about Sturgeon. He loathes [Alec] Salmond too. But why spend so much time talking about Sturgeon in a phone call with Theresa May?” Ms Sturgeon has been a critic of Trump since before his election to the White House, calling on Americans to vote instead for his defeated rival Hillary Clinton.[1]

The Britain I knew only sixteen years ago has changed out of all recognition: politically, environmentally, socially. The treatment of immigrants, the deportations, incarcerations, are on par with those of the U.S.. Large tracts of national parks are sold off to private enterprise, there are more homeless on the streets than ever before. House prices are so high developers buy them for renting to young couples at exorbitant cost with no security of tenure whatever.

The nation’s health service is in chaos. It’s now acceptable if emergency treatment is given within four hours of a patient arriving at an accident & emergency department. Many are left on trolleys or in ambulances much longer than that. Take the case of Albert Thompson…

…who lived in Britain forty-four years and was refused cancer treatment because he couldn’t produce a British passport or pay fifty-four thousand pounds for the treatment.[2] I remember when the NHS would treat anyone who was ill, free of charge. The patient’s welfare was priority. Today, Albert Thompson is just one of many.

Britain is a disgrace that shames me whenever I’m forced to go there. I was once proud to be British. Now I’m embarrassed and ashamed to admit my heritage.

John Cleese is leaving Britain for the Caribbean island of Nevis. If I had his money I’d be there before him.

[1] “Donald Trump ‘hates’ Nicola Sturgeon, ex-UK Government aide claims” The Scotsman, July 13th 2018

[2] “Londoner denied NHS cancer care: ‘It’s like I’m being left to die'” Guardian, March 10th 2018

4 Replies to “I’m British, Embarrassed And Ashamed!”

  1. There’s an appalling inevitability to all of it. I truly can’t imagine the outcome of this. There is definitely an agenda to all of it and they’ll divide the spoils. I’ll include Russia. But there will be enormous suffering. The planet is dying.


  2. I think we are nearing the nadir of an historical cycle, RJ. I know you have no time for astrology, but life, both personal and communal, national and universal does seem to move in cycles, whether in harmony with the planets or …well… just because it does.

    We are on a ride (remember Bill Hicks’ quote ?)

    “The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”

    I’m trying to see tiny specks of positivity, and due to this I do support Donald Trump on one issue – and one issue alone – his meetings with the leaders of Russia and N. Korea. I will not jump on the Democrats’ bandwagon of US (and other) media yelling “Treason….” etc.

  3. WWW ~ I have to agree with all you say. It’s difficult to envisage any outcome that isn’t appalling for the human race. The planet I don’t worry about. It has far greater capability to survive than we have. Our politicians have been leading us to disaster for a long time. Trump is just an inevitable result of that. Pence would be even worse. He has a death wish called Armageddon. The EU must stand strong against the US at this time. The UK leaving will prove a historical disaster.

  4. Twilight ~ I hate to disagree with either you (whom I respect immensely) or Bill Hicks, but I now firmly believe life is reality and we don’t wake up to any better deal when we die. Historically, there have been bad times and (relatively) good times for some, but for many there have only ever been bad times. Those bad times, I believe, are now encroaching on more of us than ever before. Dialogue with Kim Jong-un and Putin would be a positive move were it not for the devious motives of the man instigating them. His narcissistic personality demands self-glorification as its only achievement, and his attempts at bonding with the powerful and dictatorial are solely to that end. He can be nothing but the No1, demanding eventual supplication from all the world’s “strongmen”. Unfortunately, he’s not sufficiently clever to achieve that, and when he fails it may prove disastrous for us all. I’m convinced Republicans will win big in November, bestowing on him even more power and glory. We may hope he’ll die before too much damage is done, but with the Pence Armageddon Merchant waiting in the wings, that would prove only a brief respite.
    However, while not hopeful, I’ll sure be happy if I’m wrong and you’re right. 😉

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