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Special Relationship [May. 20th, 2018|05:02 pm]
Tony Grist
The Special Relationship no longer exists (if it ever did): Washington doesn't give a toss about Westminster (however much Westminster wishes it did.)

And yet the Special Relationship is in rude health: Just look at the Royal Wedding. Just look at the people who turned up.

The Special Relationship was never really political; it's cultural. It rests on a shared history (to a certain extent), a shared language- and the constant to-ing and fro-ing of cultural memes and personnel.

The political relationship is entirely one-sided; the U.S. says "jump" and the UK either jumps or sulks. The cultural relationship is much more evenly balanced. Disney nicks the work of British writers like Travers and Kipling and Milne and turns out a stream of classic movies; the Rolling Stones nick rhythm and blues and become "the greatest Rock and Roll band in the world". One could go on like this for pages and pages. Which country owns Charlie Chaplin? Which country owns T.S. Eliot? Which country owns John Boyega and Thandie Newton?

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-05-20 05:35 pm (UTC)
This whole "we need to please the almighty US, so it doesn't leave us"-acting, which heavily came through in their poisoned-ex-agent case, strongly reminds oneself of the days as Tony Blair was portrayed as Bush's lap dog in all caricatures released.
All the while watching the people act in this play here, it raises the question of: What does the government of the UK think to achieve with this? Do they think they can please the mighty US so easily?
And - what makes them so sure they need them? Are they afraid of some certain somebody who sits upon their bonds or what?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-20 06:37 pm (UTC)
I've never understood why our government is so subservient to the US. It's really rather pathetic. I don't see it gains us anything.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-05-20 05:54 pm (UTC)
It has always been cultural rather than anything else.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-20 06:38 pm (UTC)
And highly productive. Both cultures benefit from the interchange.
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