At 07:03 16/07/03, Joe <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

>And the British, of course, who still, for some reason, think they matter.

Do you think?  I'd have said the British would *like* still to matter, but
aren't really under any such delusion.

And of course, we're supposed to be *ashamed* of our past glories, because
colonialism is out of fashion.  We're supposed to pretend we never did
anything that wasn't evil, and that most of the world's problems are our
fault.  (In fact I've heard that the history taught in schools is now
pretty much down to Communism and Fascism, so we don't have to talk about
anything so evil as ourselves.)