Can Britain ever become a superpower again?Watch
90 years ago, the British Empire was accountable for approximately 25% of the entire worlds population, and Britain had control of 25% of the worlds landmass, therefore being able to completely dictate trade routes and international relations. A lot has changed in 90 years, clearly.
In 2008, Great Britian controls very little in the way of overseas territories, and have a population of only 58,000,000 residents, many having moved into the UK from other countries. We also seem to be losing the ability to defend ourselves politically, being subservient to the United States in their quest to capture resources, and being a part of the European Union, often have to accept group decisions that the country does not agree with or benefit from in any way.
So, with all this in mind, can Britain ever become a superpower again if desired? I know that we clearly will never compete with China in terms of population, but is there any way to maximise the economic power of the nation in order to compete in terms of financial position and ability to develop and expand faster and more sustainably than other nations?
Also, what would be the positives and negatives for the general population if it ever were to happen?
The best way the UK can stay on the world stage is doing what it does now, being pretty much the top in the service industries.
I think monopolistic power tends to corrupt and is almost invariably abused.
Anyway, we are a stable, wealthy country. Why do you care, Ian? I hope this isn't some jingoist nonsense.
The fact is, it isn't going to happen.
I quite like our current position. Of course, a stronger military would be nice, but who's gonna pay for that? 'shrugs'
Only through the EU. Even then its unlikely and would not be the sole powerplayer what with France and germany .
If we didn't bend over to the EU so much, then we would have a better chance.
In all honesty, I really see the EU being the next World Super Power in the next 70 years. I mean we are getting closer and closer to becoming a single 'state'. I mean most of Europe has the same currency, laws and you don't need a visa to travel between each country.
As I was writing a post in another topic earlier about Russia and their right to be a superpower, my mind rambled a bit and I started to wonder if Great Britain can ever become a political superpower on the international stage again.
When half of the population are more interested at looking at drawing lines in the sand between their regions, you simply can't have much power on the international scene.
If the UK doesn't sort out its identity problem, it won't even be a medium-sized power.
What you will notice in superpowers is a strong identity with a population that is first proud of belonging to that country (i.e. in our case that would be the UK and not the constituent countries/regions) and that can project that strong image to the world.
There are a number of countries who are quite eager to have alliances with the UK but the UK deals with too many internal issues to take advantage of them. This is best illustrated in the case of the European Union where many countries are pro-UK yet the UK is quite timid to project itself.