It amazes me that when all this Empire bollocks keep rearing it's head, the Ottomans don't even get a mention yet even the briefest of glances at their 'Greatest Hits' would have the average modern liberal weeping into their Soy Latte.I don’t know, you decide. Personally I think it was stupid of us to take the pressure off French ambition, but I do like to keep balance. But they really have nothing to offer us other than the emasculation of our own ambition. It’s a dirty word these days for the UK, but so far I’ve heard vey little about Dutch, Belgian, French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese colonialism. Seems the most successful take the flak.
I mean it’s worth recalling that HRE came to an end when Napoleon ended it, having executed a king they then Permitted Napoleon to call himself emperor. We’d faught the 100 years war over their claims to our throne, The seven years war in their attempt to oust us from our colonies plus their attempts in Europe, then the Napoleonic wars for exactly that reason. Crimea was a bit of a faux pas wasn’t it?
I guess we're an easy target because we we were, by far, the most successful, most far reaching, most influential and very much the makers of the modern world. It's a shame we can't celebrate our achievements when you have utter morons like Dianne Abbott saying 'on the balance of things...' and being allowed to hold Mao up as some sort of ambition. It's pathetic - but we only have ourselves to blame for allowing it to happen.