(Original post by Blue Heart)
Unless I am mistaken – language and religion are part of people’s culture?
Hmm... language probably more than religion. Religion has cultural elements to it, but is not inherently cultural.
And I don’t think the British Empire gave their ‘dominions’ (a phrase you use a lot) the flexibility or discretion in those two areas at least.
I think you'd do well to learn what a dominion actually is. The dominions are self governing independent states, equal to the UK officially since the Statute of Westminster in 1931. The British Empire didn't 'give' these areas anything.
So when a foreign body comes along and completely changes the way of life – is it not the case that the culture and very identity turn to dust in their very own hands?
Not really, because culture always has been dust in the sense you describe. As I said last time, it cannot be grasped, it is fluid (or, in your analogy, dusty).
If that is the narrow-minded approach you adopt to defining culture – then I beg why you say the “Empire robbed the UK of its native culture” – surely it works both ways?
I suggested it would be more justifiable to say that, I didn't say it was my personal view.
Good and just government – oh yes – very especially with their history of slavery.
The UK has an excellent history on the slavery front. We were one of the first nations to outlaw the slave trade, and devoted massive funds to patrolling that for little obvious benefit.
The rest of the world have their own legal methods – since when was it acceptable to dismiss theirs and impose ours?
Since ours became superior. Anyway, I think you rather glamorise many former British colonies to suggest they had the rule of law and a developed legal structure before the British. In most, it was at best feudal, 'do what we tell you, or I'll hit you with my stick' stuff.
That’s because other countries have a notion called respect – and even if they regard themselves are superior (in I am sure – you do – in every way possible) they still appreciate the fact that other people have their own values, traditions etc ... and that ought to be respected.
Load of **** they do. Every country on earth came about by violence and conflict.
Anyway, this notion that the British administrations abroad gave a crap about culture or attempted to Britannify the local populations is simply a complete falsehood.
Naturally, you have missed the point with regards to the Salt Act – it wasn’t about its legitimacy or authenticity but rather its morality???
Why? I don't see it as any more immoral than any other tax.
Daft – you mean realistic , and I am not the biased one – I am merely showing you that British history has a great deal to play in the general dislike the English have. You are the one who appears to be living in a delusion that England has a lovely history.
Let's reflect upon this - you say England's history is 'horrible', I deem it as (like any country's) a mixed bag. See the rather obvious bias here?