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The Bitch, WikiLeaks, and the Playground Bully!

Article by Michael Knell

Well Darlings,

It has been a bad week for the UK, but of late: what’s new? The FIFA result, where only one other country voted for us, came as no surprise to me. It was never going to be about football, just like now the Eurovision Song Contest is never about the singer or the song. Today it is all about what some people think of others, and the benefits they gain by doing so.

To add to our misery, and as proof of how poor our education system has become, we have the case of a teacher sending an email containing fourteen spelling and grammatical errors to a parent, ironically only days after the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said more emphasis needed to be placed on good spelling and grammar. We have had the WikiLeaks damning our politicians of both main persuasions, and revealing just about what everyone really thinks of everyone else. Perhaps inflicting the most pain is what the world and its partner think about the quality and usefulness of British troops. President Hamid Karzai, Afghan officials, and the US commander of NATO troops suggesting our boys and girls were “not up to the task” of securing the southern province of Helmand, and that the job would be better given to the US, really smarts! In my mind, it only adds weight to the question: what the hell are we doing there?

A lot is made of ‘diplomacy’, but I’ve never been a great fan of it. If you’ll pardon the expressions in this overly politically correct age, I prefer to put my cards on the table, and call a spade a spade. I don’t find buttering up to others, and telling countless untruths, just so a meeting may be called a success and everyone is able to smile for the official photograph, of any use whatsoever. All it does is hide the wounds, leaving them to fester away unnoticed by the public eye.

With WikiLeaks revealing what others truly think of us, perhaps it would be a good time to re-evaluate who really are our friends and allies, and make some radical changes. Sadly, those we can depend on won’t number many today. For far too long, under ‘the special relationship’, we have jumped every time the US has asked, but why? What are we getting out of this arrangement? A few cheap bombs that we dare not use, perhaps? Or is it simply a hope of being safe by standing next to the playground bully? To my mind, this relationship is too one-sided. Did the US jump for us when the Falkland Islands were invaded, and British lives threatened? No, I didn’t see any feet leave the ground! And recent comments by Hillary Clinton tell me nothing has changed – the US wouldn’t help us were it to happen again! Did France, a nation we shall be relying on to assist us in our defence for the foreseeable future, come to our aid then in our hour of need? No, they backed the other side, and made a great deal of noise about doing so!

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the people of the US or France, the two examples of many I could have used here, I like the people – it is just that I don’t always trust, or believe in, the policies of their governments. The Suez crisis should have taught the UK everything it needed to know about its capabilities, and friendship, but it wasn’t listening. It still had the victory bells of World War II ringing in its ears, and they were so loud it couldn’t hear: half the world believed Audie Murphy had won the war, and he was a Yank! Maybe they were right, because we couldn’t have done it alone, but was the US really fighting for us and our freedoms? No, sadly it wasn’t, not until it realised its own freedoms would be under threat if we fell.

Standing next to the playground bully does not serve this country well. We need to find another role in the world!

The Bitch!

About the Author

“The Bitch!”, a weekly UK News Review column, is hosted by the author and columnist Michael Knell. These articles appear on the Blackpool Gay Directory website, but are not usually specifically gay in content. More information on the author: http://www.michaelknell.com and on the directory: http://www.astabgay.com.

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