jeudi 22 avril 2010

Nick Clegg dit vrai

Le Daily Mail s'étrangle de rage. La tête de file du parti libéral-démocrate vient de révéler une des caractéristiques les plus frappantes de la vie britannique depuis soixante ans : le croyance qu'ils ont ont gagné la Seconde Guerre mondiale. L'article de Tim Shipman témoigne bien de cet état d'esprit.

Pourtant, c'est bien Nick Clegg qui a raison.

Voici quelques titres de l'historien Correlli Barnett que nos lecteurs se doivent de lire :

Correlli-Barnett, un historien que les francophones se doivent de lire pour mieux comprendre l'Angleterre.

Collapse of British Power
Correlli Barnett
Methuen, 672 p., ISBN-10: 0413275809.

et aussi :

The Audit of War

The Lost Victory:
British Dreams, British Realities, 1945-1950

The Pride and the Fall: The Dream and Illusion of Britain As a Great Nation

Nick Clegg in Nazi slur on Britain as he claims 'our delusions of grandeur' at winning war are more a cross to bear than German guilt

Attack on national pride: Nick Clegg, seen in Cornwall yesterday, said 'we need to be put back in our place'. Nick Clegg has claimed that the British people have ‘a more insidious cross to bearthan Germany over the Second World War.

In an astonishing attack on our national pride, the Liberal Democrat leader said we suffered fromdelusions of grandeur’ and a ‘misplaced sense of superiorityover having defeated the horrors of Nazism.
He said we found it hard to accept that Germany had become a ‘vastly more prosperous nation’ and thatwe need to be put back in our place’.
His views, outlined in a newspaper article when he was a member of the European Parliament, cast grave doubts over his judgment of international affairs ahead of the second leaders’ debate this evening, when the topic will be foreign policy.
The jibes threatened to undermine the surge which has taken Mr Clegg from also-ran to serious player in the opinion polls. They were laid bare as:
Details emerged of a secret Liberal Democrat plan to make their MPs maximise their expenses;
Tory Ken Clarke warned that a hung Parliament would cause economic mayhem that could force IMF intervention;
The polls began to turn against the Lib Dems;
Labour Cabinet ministers plotted to oust Gordon Brown, who hinted ‘I’ll go’ if voters turn against him.
The passionately pro-Europe Mr Clegg revealed his views in an article for the Guardian newspaper in 2002.

Watching Germany rise from its knees after the war and become a vastly more prosperous nation has not been easy on the febrile British psyche,’ Mr Clegg wrote, before attacking Britain’s approach to the war.

All nations have a cross to bear, and none more so than Germany with its memories of Nazism. But the British cross is more insidious still.

‘A misplaced sense of superiority, sustained by delusions of grandeur and a tenacious obsession with the last war, is much harder to shake off. We need to be put back in our place.’

Tory MP Nicholas Soames, grandson of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill, said: ‘These views will disgust people the length and breadth of the country. They show that Nick Clegg is unfit to lead his party, let alone the country. ‘They are an insult to the memory of Britain’s war dead and to a time when the British public all pulled together for the common good.

'They prove that Mr Clegg shares the European view of Britain rather than the British view.’

Pointing out his position: Mr Clegg talks to voters on BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat
He mocked claims last weekend that Mr Clegg is now as popular with the public as Churchill as ‘laughable’. Mr Clegg, who has a Spanish wife, a Dutch mother and a Russian grandparent, began his career as a Brussels bureaucrat and moved to Westminster after a spell as a Euro MP.
Ironically, his mother was interned by the Japanese during the war.

His outburst was not an isolated incident. In another article from June 2003, Mr Clegg continued to denounceBritain’s culture of superiority’.

Making clear his love affair with all things European, he condemned the Britishbelief in our innate difference from our mainland continental cousins’.

He went on: ‘No other culture in Europe is quite so enamoured by such a false notion of difference.

'We Brits concoct a historically illiterate notion that we are divorced from outside influences. Maybe it was loss of empire, the choppy waters of the Channel, or the last war.’

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