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Britain is not a small island:
few countries have longer reach

Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/17/2014 5:01:52 AM

Britons in Brussels are frequently told, typically with a little smirk, about our national superiority complex. We are the way we are, we’re informed, because we haven’t got over the loss of empire. The reason we don’t appreciate the EU is not that we have constitutional, economic or democratic objections, but that we are peculiarly pleased with ourselves. It’s one of the few national stereotypes allowed in today´s Europe. Indeed, it is trotted out so frequently and so breezily that many Euro-politicians think it wholly uncontentious. To take only the most recent example, Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway

Oh, go on, insult the Land of Hope and Glory if you want. My arrogance genes are above it all this morning and I am "peculiarly pleased" with myself. Well, that is, Mr A thinks I´m peculiar.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: toddh, 1/17/2014 10:25:22 AM     (No. 9695532)

Countries with almost no population, like Norway or Switzerland, need to be called something besides "countries" or "nations." Perhaps "country clubs?" That way their little successes won´t be compared to the mighty movements of real nations.

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