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ON BRITISH GENIUS

By Pete Moore On September 18th, 2012

Charles Moore in the Telegraph:

We should use these Games to pinpoint where our genius lies.

Tim Worstall replies:

Well, OK. The British genius has long been averred to lie in the ability to muddle through. We tend not to have grand plans, strategies. The Empire was collected in a series of accidents really. Wars won by people plodding on. The Industrial Revolution the result of the chaos of every blacksmith, cotton spinner and ironmonger in the country doing their own thing.

Given that this is what we’re collectively good at now we’ve identified it we can apply the lesson.

Leave us all well alone.

5 Responses to “ON BRITISH GENIUS”

  1. I find myself largely in agreement with that Tim Worstall.
    I think that at our best the British tend to be well meaning, overly deferential, kindly, brave and courageous, lazy, peaceable, masters of the art of “winging it”, quick to establish “traditions”, and overall one of the best and fairest societies on God’s green earth.
    At our worst I include some of the above plus snobbiness, arrogance, ignorance, small mindedness and belligerence.
    But those qualities can also be found in many other cultures;
    so overall I would say that being born British has many advantages, and is certainly preferable to being born into any of the alternatives.
    I hope you found my comment helpful and interesting.
    Thank you for reading it.

  2. Agit8ed –

    You spent all morning telling me that we need to be led. Now you’re agreeing with a post that says “leave us alone”.

  3. So overall I would say that being born British has many advantages, and is certainly preferable to being born into any of the alternatives

    After that comment don’t be surprised if a certain son of Uncle Sam comes out with all guns blazin’.

  4. Pete,
    Nah,
    I agreed with his analysis, not his remedy!

    I LIKE meeting and communicating with other people who are not as fortunate as I.. 😉

  5. “After that comment don’t be surprised if a certain son of Uncle Sam comes out with all guns blazin’.”
    How you doing Pauly?
    Have you had a good day?