In the arena of international affairs – be they military or commercial – when the United States tells the United Kingdom to “jump” the only question asked by the latter is “how high?”
Take, for example, the three wars in which the USA has been directly engaged (as opposed to fomenting internal destabilisation) since the end of the second world war:
Korea (1950-1953); Vietnam (1964-1975); Iraq (2003 -2010)
Only in the case of Vietnam did the UK refuse to join an American war, a decision that led to the subsequent and unexplained resignation of (then) British prime minister and leader of the nation’s Labour Party, Harold Wilson.
Since when there has been a succession of military and political events which suggest that the UK is no longer an independent sovereign nation
Can this ongoing subservience to the USA be explained? This blog offers a plausible theory for which there is no shortage of evidence:
The UK is currently in hock to the USA up to its armpits and beyond, thanks to its eye-watering unpaid First World War debt (for details see red text below). Our nation’s failure to toe the US line on any political or commercial matter could lead to the US calling-in the debt and the subsequent bankrupting of Great Britain.
In evidence of which this blog submits an extract from Hansard, the verbatim transcripts of Parliamentary Debates in Britain. The emphasis in red text is the author’s.
Monday 3 May 2010
30 Jul 2002 : Column WA161
Tuesday, 30th July 2002.
First World War Debt
Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:
- Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17 July (WA 158–59) concerning First World War debt, what is the rate of interest for each amount stated; and what would the total amounts be today; and [HL5441]
- Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17 July (WA 158–59) concerning the First World War debt, what are the nations which owe £2.269 billion; and how much each nation owes; and [HL5442]
- Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17 July (WA 158–59) concerning First World War debt, what is the status of the 4.368 billion dollars owed to the United States. [HL5443]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The United States proposed a one-year moratorium on all First World War debts in 1931, which allowed extensive international discussions on the general problems of debt repayment to be held. However no satisfactory agreement was reached and in the absence of such an agreement no payments have been made to, or received from, other nations since 1934.
Given that the US government is not known for writing-off massive unpaid debts ($4,368 billion excluding interest) which, by the way, is apparently still accruing interest), you may wonder why such a generous exception been made in the case of the UK?
Might it be that the UK’s American masters expect a quid pro quo in return for their monetary generosity? And might that expectation include the UK’s involvement in numerous US foreign wars such as Iraq and Korea?
And is it sheer coincidence that the one US war from which we opted out (Vietnam) resulted in the unexplained resignation of [then] British prime minister Harold Wilson?
And might that quid pro quo be the craven toeing of every political and fiscal line the US government sees fit to draw? It might indeed!
This quid pro quo includes the fouling of England’s green and pleasant land with surveillance sites masquerading as Royal Air Force bases (such as the Menwith Hill eavesdropping base above), over which the UK government has little or no control.
Likewise the ten nuclear-armed air bases at other green and pleasant locations at Marham (Norfolk), Scampton (Lincolnshire), Waddington (Lincolnshire) and Lakenheath (Suffolk). All are notionally RAF bases under the control of the British government – a belief shared only by leprechauns and mendacious UK politicians!
Likewise, the UK’s controversial GCHQ spy headquarters in leafy Cheltenham operates according to the dictates of America’s Central Intelligence Agency.
Our nation’s subservience will surely have England’s greatest poet spinning in his grave …
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.