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By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2010

THE tragedy for the British Empire was that it was taken over by the fools and communists who have ruined our own nation. When it wasn’t ‘run’ at all, it was the greatest force for peace and civilisation in the history of humanity.

Of course, now that those same blue fools and red communists have overturned British culture, invented a fictional narrative and fostered almost total ignorance of our glorious heritage, denigration of the stunning achievements of our ancestors is the official line. The ultimate tragedy for the British Empire was a tragedy for locals fortunate enough to be within the once benevolent embrace of British Civilisation yet left abandoned when our fools and commies cut and ran. It was a lesson learned hard but not forgotten:

“I am sorry about what happened,” said Ahmed Mighali Said, 77, who fought the British Army in the bloody four-year uprising known as the Aden Emergency, which ended with Britain’s withdrawal in 1967. “Under the British we had peace. The Yemeni fighters were ignorant. I hope the British come back.”

We’d love to have you back in the fold old chum, but I fear you’d find the place somewhat changed. For one thing, Britain is a little different now and nothing like the moral force you once knew. Much obliged anyway.

“It was a great mistake,” said one former fighter, now a grizzled old man. “People didn’t know any better. It was an emotional response born out of Arab nationalism and Nasserite revolutionary feelings. If the British came back, we would sign a protocol saying we are sorry.”

Up off your knees Abdul, you weren’t the only revolutionaries in Moscow’s pocket to get all uppity. That’s why they bought you. In fact there were plenty of revolutionaries loyal to Moscow over here. Most of’em found their way into the Establishment. That’s half the reason why you’d find the place changed somewhat.

Still nice of you to confirm what patriots and conservatives have known and said in the face of Left Wing propaganda. Times have changed and the Glory of the World has passed, most unfortunately. For one thing we’re bankrupt, for another we’re governed by by Johnny Continental now. Yep, the last thirty years have been somewhat revolutionary here as well as there. When we hang our fools and commies and again govern ourselves, we’ll see what we can do. In the meantime, it’s gratifying to see the glory still shines through:

There are still many signs of the 130-year British occupation in this strategic port sheltered by the spectacular dark cliffs of a volcano. Its Crater district — the old city is built within the caldera — was the centre of the last war fought by the dying British Empire.

The Crescent Hotel, where the Queen stayed in 1954, is closed but standing, and neat little Anglican churches still serve dwindling congregations. The old bookstore, Aziz’s, barely survives, selling yellowed tomes on Boy Scouting and London guidebooks with photos of Britain’s thriving manufacturing industry.

The occasional Morris Minor or Austin has been kept on the road, in mint condition, weaving among the battered Toyotas past former barracks that are now teeming tenements.

Makes you proud.


  1. "Makes you proud."

    Britain’s dirty war, in which it sent mercenaries to the north to support the deposed royalists against the Egyptian-backed nationalists, while launching RAF air raids on villages in the south that killed scores of civilians, has echoes in today’s Yemen.

    I am sure it does.

  2. If they want British rule the should move to Britain as many former subjects of the empire have done. Pete could organise a welcoming committee.

  3. "That those same blue fools and red communists have overturned British culture"

    Serious question Pete. Could you define British culture for me?

  4. No.

  5. Well, have to say that’s one answer I wasn’t expecting!!

    Doesn’t it leave the question that if you can’t define BC what point of reference do you have to know it’s been overturned?

  6. I can’t define gravity, but I’d know if that was overturned.

    If I’m being stupid, try defining Irish culture.

  7. Irish culture – hatred of British culture.

  8. Irish culture is not the issue in question, why would I want to try to define it? The question was a serious question if you can’t give a definition of BC that’s fair enough.

  9. How can anyone "define" any national culture? Culture is all embracing. It is universal and has uncountable aspects.

    Taken as a whole and whatever British culture was, the Yemenis wish they had it back. Can’t say I blame them really.

  10. As an Indian, I was slightly amused by the rather naive post. We, as a nation, don’t hold any grudge whatsoever against the British, in spite of some of the worst exploitation, famines and cruelty in history (remember Jalianwala Bagh) that they visited upon us, but are perfectly happy to be independent. We are still trying to get quite a few things right, I agree, but at least it’s we, ourselves, that are doing the trying.

    I pity the Yemeni!

  11. Exploitation, famine and cruelty were hardly unknown in India prior to the arrival of John Bull (and none of those things was purely imported even during the time of the Brits, who also managed to do a lot of good). However, it was right and proper for India to gain its independence.

  12. You often hear former subjects in the colonies longing for the days when he/she was occupied. Of course what you don’t hear from some, is that back in them good old days they or their family were part of the ruling establishment or the nexus thereof, they benefitted from the colonial overlord’s ‘largesse’ in a manner which many of his or her countrymen did not. On the whole, Britain was bad for India. But Britain did serve to influence a certain arsehole…

    ‘What India was for England, the territories of Russia will be for us.’

  13. As I said, fools and commies …

  14. Master of wit and repartee Pete, you really are wasted on here.

  15. Interesting post Pete but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

  16. benevolent embrace. what an insult to any country your ancestors raped and plundered.malignant ,cancerous, murdering,thieves i think would be a more apt term. ned k.

  17. Mumbai Indian, which examples of cruelty are you thinking of in particular? Outlawing infanticide? Or the outlawing of the killing of wives that displeased their husbands, the daily sacrifice of a boy in Kali’s temple at Calcutta, the elimination of the Thugs, the suppression of Sati, slavery and temple prostitution or the Pax Brittanica that so displeased the high caste sepoys used to living off the spoils of their perpetual cycle of war, raids and plunder? Maybe vaccinations, telegraph wires, trains or irrigation aren’t to your liking?

    If you want examples of the worst oppression suffered by India’s poor, you have to look to the pre-Raj native kings and Moghuls. Here’s are some contemporary writers’ thoughts on the lives of poor pre British Indians:

    "Men and women, living from season to season on the verge of hunger, could be contented so long as the supply of food held out: when it failed, as it so often did, their hope of salvation was the slave-trader, and the alternatives were cannibalism, suicide or starvation… The only way of escape from that system lay through an increase in production, coupled with a rising standard of life, but this road was barred effectively by the administrative methods in vogue, which penalized production and regarded every indication of increased consumption as a signal for fresh extortion."


    "The ground is seldom tilled otherwise than by compulsion. Some peasants abscond to escape their tyranny, and take refuge with rajas who are in rebellion, and consequently the fields lie empty and unsown, and grow into wilderness. Such oppression is exceedingly prevalent in this country… The land would give a plentiful, or even an extraordinary yield, if the peasants were not so cruelly and pitilessly oppressed."

    "You may see in India whole provinces like deserts, from where the peasants have fled on account of the oppression of the governors."

    "No man from the sardar down to the ryot ate his bread for a single day in peace; none from the sultan down to the pauper slept for a single night in happiness."