The proposition is patently idiotic for anyone who actually knows the history of the British Empire. Like all great historical empires of its calibre (the Romans, the Venetians, the Chinese, the Carthiginians, the Byzantines), it did some good and some bad. The good, obviously, centres on language, law and representative government.
The bad... well, you only have to read up on the British involvement in Kenya to get a sense of the level immorality involved
Well, sometimes I eagerly anticipate the day when aliens will arrive here on Earth and bring us civilization.
Hong Kong is not a good example.
Only a very tiny minority wants British rule back. More people support independence. And it's more about anything is better than China rather than colonialism being a good thing.
You also can't use what the British did 1991-1997 to say that's what the Empire did. Even just in Hong Kong, there was still no real democracy till the end, no independent academia, and before the 70s, the colonial government didn't do anything for the locals.
The British Empire was the first civilization to outlaw slavery in 1807.Following its ban, the British actively policed the Atlantic. 30 ships and 4,000 men were deployed.The British took out enormous debt to pay for this, which were not fully repaid until 2015.
The British Empire commited crimes of magnitude equal to that of Stalin and the Soviet Union when it deliberatly starved Ukranians.
You have to stick that into any undertsanding of it, which then given some pespective to westen biased history that was a product of the cold war.
The Holocaust probably trumps it in terms of crimes against humanity for being fully commited to being uniquely evil.
Hmm to spread western civilisation ultimately western ideology...then by your logic you condone what ISIS are doing.
Get your head out of your a**
As far as empires go, Britain was undoubtedly the best.
Most of the places it colonised were barbaric hell holes that would have murdered and enslaved each other anyway. A wretched and thoroughly barbaric place to live.
Just like how Britain used to be before the Romans came and civilised us. Nobody sane really thinks that we would have been better off if the Romans hadn’t colonised us. The only difference is the difference in race- so it’s worse when a white person does something to a black person or vice verse . Hilariously, that view is kinda racist.
Oswald Mosley is that you?
The empire was good and bad but it can't be blamed for what's happeneing today we need to move on with life