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If you accept that all the other EU27 countries are also, at least to a large extent, class societies, then what makes the UK so different? Perhaps it is that the UK has never suffered a catastrophic defeat with humiliating and devastating consequences - which largely destroyed the national ruling class - and so still harbours delusions of leading, rather than being part of a larger empire. Boris and Co. can go around still imagining they are running the world, and in some sense the Rees-Moggs actually are.

What neither have quite processed is that the UK no longer has the military, economic or political wherewithal to be a major power on its own in the world, and that much of its current status and GDP depends on its close alliances with the EU and USA. Both the EU and USA are going to go their own way now casting the UK adrift, attempting, vainly, to be some kind of European Singapore.

Even the Singaporean model has its limitation in an increasingly protectionist world where you need to be part of the big 3 or 4 - USA, EU, China and India -  and with Russia, Israel and Saudi Arabia currently punching above their weight, but at risk of over=playing their hands. It's going to get hot out there...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jul 9th, 2018 at 10:32:37 PM EST
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If you accept that all the other EU27 countries are also, at least to a large extent, class societies, then what makes the UK so different?

You're playing devil's advocate here :)  Of course, all EU countries have a ruling class with inherited wealth having an inordinate political power. But by that metric, Britain (or more to the point: England) is really in a league of its own. The only country I know of in the Western hemisphere with an unelected legislative body, FFS.
by Bernard on Tue Jul 10th, 2018 at 07:53:53 PM EST
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Ever notice how the development of the Civil Service really started after the Commons reforms and the expansion of the franchise.  Had to keep the right sort of hands on the tiller, for Heaven's sake!
by rifek on Sat Jul 14th, 2018 at 02:26:27 PM EST
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