The Existential Crisis, The United Kingdom’s Future | RSBM
I have within me a gut feeling telling me that there will soon be a great opportunity in politics for fresh new faces to emerge, taking the metropolitan ruling class by surprise and putting real pressure on them to act in the interests of the people and the nation. Perhaps through a new vanguard party that pierces the partisan noise almost purely with the strength of its vision alone and opens that great Pandora’s Box of British politics labelled “third rails, nettles and other assorted policy taboos”. Perhaps not though, perhaps a new populist party emerges that’s able to do what all the other third parties cannot, crafting a broad tent that not only appeals to the country as a whole but doesn’t collapse in on itself from the weight of its internal divisions. Finally, the most unlikely of options, perhaps some Machiavellian maverick bursts through from within the uniparty neither unscathed nor broken by the shadowy figures behind the levers of power (levers of power that currently so easily control who does and doesn’t succeed within the two major parties), a miraculous British Trumpian able to castrate and defang the uniparty, adorning himself with the Conservative or Labour Party as if it were a measly pelt.
Call it cynicism but given that Britain has been creeping towards eerie similarity to former late-Soviet states such as East Germany, I think it’s at least foolish and at worst self-destructive to attempt to unravel the regime that rules over us from within their den. Either way, I feel as if a great opportunity within politics is coming, even if I have no idea of the avenue through which it will come I would like to think when such a moment does come I will be ready to drop all of the folly I waste my free time on ready and able to dedicate myself to the cause. However, such an opportunity if it happens or not will certainly be coming about in the midst of the country’s greatest existential crisis maybe since the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
The United Kingdom has been in a fractured state since 1922 when the British government in its Great War fragility conceded control over around 83% of Ireland to the Irish Free State. What was once the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, a union of two kingdoms and four distinct core ethnic groups that make up the British Isles had become the Kingdom of Great Britain with an Irish remnant province (Ulster) maintained at the wayside. Even before the near-instant collapse of the British Empire in the post-war period, our core territories were cracking and division had grown, worries over Scottish and Welsh nationalism crept up in the 1940s and 50s. To have the etymology of your country half-derived from a kingdom that no longer exists, then to have growing discontent within even the Kingdom of Great Britain itself hundreds of years after the Acts of Union in 1707 (but only decades after Irish independence) was a deep problem for Britain to find itself in, a problem far greater than the dissolution of the empire and our reduction of power on the world stage. Our union itself was and is under threat. It’s not something we can wish away and it’s not something we can stamp out easily, one must examine the health of the roots before deciding how to deal with the withered branches.
The devolution of 1998 which gave Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland autonomy would not have been so disastrous had the UK’s position forwards been one of renewed strength and upward quality of life. But much of Britain’s landscape (importantly in Wales and Scotland) was already pockmarked with post-industrial wastelands created by the economic policies of Margaret Thatcher and then maintained by Major and Blair. Regardless of the cheery smiles of journalists on the television or the quick-tongued charisma from the politicians, Britain over the last three decades has been economically broken, financially ruined and culturally bankrupt. The press, the pollsters, those within the political class who hate their own country and everything it once stood for, have all been pushing for an independence referendum whilst also seeding a sense of inevitability of Scotland’s secession. Throughout the Brexit drama of 2016-2019 journalists and parliamentarians used the threat of Scottish independence like a cudgel, proclaiming like sinister oracles that should Britain change course too sharply away from the supranational union ruling over Europe that Scotland would surely leave, with an aftermath ending Britain even as an idea. That vindictive bitterness still lingers. Brexit has been “won” but the consequences were meant to yield a prize and benefits for the country, yet all we’ve seen since has been further stoking of union dismantlement. I found it especially striking that during the COVID-19 pandemic vast near-dictatorial powers were given to the First Ministers of the devolved regions, with surely illegal controls over internal borders which don’t even legally exist. Is it not for the British parliament and British government to decide who Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland lets into the country? That the devolved nations were even allowed to write their own lockdown rules is an outrage, that the British government would write policy and it only have relevance to England is a damning sign for what is to come. I fear that the union was lost in 2020, and ordinary people now go about their day seeing the British Isles as a place with five countries upon it rather than two.
If one looks at an empire as a great tree, the possessions beyond the root-nation being branches extending outwards, one can see that an empire must surely only decline should the root-nation be ailing, unable to support its offshoots. It’s no wonder that British culture and identity have dissolved so easily in the post-war period. That someone like Tony Blair could ever get into office, pulling up to the levers of power so many Trotskyite radicals ready to corrupt or erase all that was left of Britain’s institutions and identity, is a sign of woeful decline.
We can all point to the many factors that lead us here, but ultimately blame must be placed on the spiritual strength of the people as a whole for not resisting such a transformation and the dissolution of the nation they grew up with. For Britain to go from a Christian nation that understood itself, reverential to its ancestors and heritage, with its real values cherished and at heart, to a secular multi-racial state where the only things valued are GDP and “diversity” just within the space of little over ten years is nothing short of revolutionary. Can Britain survive the Tory maintenance of the Blairite revolution? Time and time again the British people have voted for them to close the borders, end the denigration of our Christian roots and begin to teach the British saga in schools once more with pride. Yet those in power would rather maintain the racial anxiety. They’d rather stoke racial tensions and browbeat the ethnic majority with the curse-word ‘racism’. They’d rather continue to push deeply unpopular social agendas like LGBT education and the rights of the mentally vulnerable, the weakest in society, to mutilate their bodies in tax-funded NHS hospitals. They do so because they can, because they know they can get away with it, because we essentially live not with a parliamentary system in 2021 but with a byzantine system creaking and screeching high above, atop an ivory tower, ready to move its rusty tentacles against anything which threatens not the integrity and vitality of the nation-state, but its own existence. A hodgepodge of mediocrities in the press, NGOs, media and financial sector are the true rulers of this husk-nation.
The reality of political pressure in modern Britain exposes the reality of political power in modern Britain. For example, the British people can scream to the rooftops about the disastrous consequences of mass-immigration, they can bring to light the horrors of grooming gangs but MPs won’t even flinch, they will calmly go about their day feeling secure in their position. Conversely, should politicians see the smallest of hit-pieces against them, or the press turning its gaze towards something the government is supposedly guilty of, MPs wring their hands and metaphysically sweat profusely; worrying for their seats or the party they work for at the next general election.
The state of the economy in real terms (home ownership, wages, industrial capacity, etc) is abysmal and is likely to get much worse with Britain entering into the Trans-Pacific Partnership and welcoming millions of Chinese immigrants from the former colony of Hong Kong. The beginning of post-war Britain’s economic problems were derived from the fallout of the empire’s collapse, the overvalued currency and the sudden pressures that international capital imposed first on the wool and textile industries and then shortly afterwards on heavy industry (the backbone of a nation’s strength and independence). There was the opportunity in the 1960s and 1970s to take bold measures to ensure the integrity and security of the British economy against foreign competition and the cutthroat ‘race to the bottom’ inertia of international finance, but perhaps such an intervention from the British government would have been seen as socialistic, extreme, dare I, even fascistic. Whatever the worries, whatever the reasons, the chance was lost and Margaret Thatcher went about radically dismantling the economy all for the benefit of bankers, financiers, Korean shipyard companies and London-based white-collar workers which would thrive under the service economy that would occupy the space where the real economy once lay. The purpose of government policy relating to the economy is meant to serve the interests of the people and the nation, no? I guess in a roundabout way all of the post-war budgets were written by people that thought they were doing well, yet almost all of them worshipped at the free-market altar and every post-Blair Prime Minister has prayed to the supermarket ziggurats for guidance on raising the magic GDP graph of good fortune. The reality is that no one can raise a family of 3 on one wage anymore, real wages have declined drastically since the 1970s and the pennies saved on cheaper flat screens cannot patch that wound.
Our nation has been plundered, generational wealth has been splashed and thrown overboard and we continue to leak the remains of this wreckage out through our ridiculous trade deficit. You would think that having numerous towns across the country that look as if they reeled from the collapse of the Soviet Union, alcohol and drug abuse included, would be a cause for concern for those in government given the task of creating a healthy economy that serves everybody, not just Monaco yacht-owners with complexes in the capital. This gigantic level of unnatural inequality has in my view done irreparable damage not just to industrial towns all around the country that once had dignity and stability but to the very soul of Britain. It has broken and fragmented our collective consciousness, and the union may soon fragment too to better reflect that. I pray to God that the psychotic dedication to neoliberalism and the pussyfoot anxiety within most politicians today are swept away as soon as possible, preferably with the end of Boris Johnson’s term.
Britain’s geopolitical standing is extremely poor too, it’s a disaster of late-Yugoslav proportions if it isn’t navigated properly, but I doubt that even the finest of diplomats, or the wisest of Prime Ministers could manage the cornered position that Post-Brexit Britain finds itself in. I remember worrying almost immediately after the vote to leave the European Union that the international establishment simply wouldn’t allow for us to be prosperous and successful as a sovereign state, indeed this has been proven a valid fear to have considering how our own national establishment acted during the purgatory period under Theresa May, desperate to suck all of the energy out of the British zeitgeist and demoralise the nation enough to get us to accept a second referendum or a watered-down post-EU existence only fitting for a minor nation like Switzerland or Norway. For Britain to do better outside of the EU than we did within it threatens the whole project and to threaten the whole project is to threaten the international order which depends upon a Europe of nations that are weak interdependent tributaries of the US Empire. For Europe to be freed from the restrictive clutches of that wretched elite in Brussels and Strasbourg and given the freedom to elect men like Orbán of Hungary across the continent without intervention would be the death knell for the present international system. This is all possible, so long as the already disgruntled nations in southern and eastern Europe see Britain doing better without the EU. Unfortunately, this puts Britain squarely in the sites of the EU, which will accelerate federalisation out of paranoia to spite us and begin to isolate us economically. British people may long for the other nations of Europe to love us as we love them, but within the EU this cannot be, it doesn’t serve their interests, and so a new continental system is likely to emerge (this time without an admirable Emperor commanding it). As much as ‘Brexiteers’ loved to suggest that France and Germany are more dependent on us than we are on them the reverse is clearly true, we are incredibly dependent on their imports and the halting of trade or spiking of tariffs would cause shockwaves within the British economy (what’s left of it). Perhaps a silver lining would be that the Cabinet would have no choice in such a situation but provide policy to ensure we can produce our own cars again and revive British heavy industry after 30+ years of decline.
If the threat of EU aggression against Britain in defence of its own integrity isn’t frightful enough to you then the threat of a schizophrenic global hegemon that refuses to accept its limelight is ending just might be. The US empire, the ultimate enemy of the UK in the post-war period, finally and explicitly bringing itself about and bearing down on us for the insolence of voting against immigration and for nationalism in 2016 (and then again in 2019) is something that will soon come about as well. Just as the EU’s survival and integrity depend on our failure, so too does the US’s survival and integrity depend on a failing Britain. With the US, however, it’s a far deeper story. Their roots as a nation are English. They are a poisoned severed branch-nation of Britain but we’re spiritually connected to them just as Britain is spiritually connected to all the other former colonies still around today.
Our success means America’s success but not success for the regime occupying the American nation. Should Britain be culturally and spiritually revived, much in the same way that Norway was in the 19th century with their romantic period, it would send echoes throughout the world beckoning the Anglo-Saxon diaspora forward to action and giving inspiration to all the nations whose histories we impressed upon. The possibility of the American people seeing such optimism is too threatening to the regime that rules over them. Their fickle position, currently fenced up and guarded, could not withstand a simple wave of nationalism within its white majority. To my mind, this is why the US Congress has begun to push the Irish issue again with respect to Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement and why President Obama came in person to this country to tell us to vote ‘Remain’. Seeing how they’ve treated Britain in the last five years, and you could go back to the Falklands or the Suez Crisis or a whole slew of anti-British moments, I believe they will begin to sow dissent within the union on a scale we’ve never seen before. CIA-backed street marches, colour revolution, economic blackmail and military bullying in support of a second Scottish independence referendum, an Irish unification referendum, a referendum on the monarchy. Call me paranoid but given what NATO did to Yugoslavia and what the State Department is currently trying to do in Hungary, Belarus, Russia etc. I wouldn’t put it past them. Britain may soon realise it has the two largest economies on earth as enemies and it has no navy, army or air force to defend itself. When you look at it all like this, does China seem so bad? They’re an antagonist, for sure, but you can respect them and see that they’re doing things in the interests of their people. Can the same be said for the EU or the US? Foreign nations certainly can’t say that for our Government.
The nation finds itself at a crossroads. It has limitless potential for complete disaster that could mean the end of the British nation and maybe even the British people with it, just as it has limitless potential to show that it is deserving of the history it has inherited. The Union may very well break up this decade, which would surely mean an end to the monarchy and doom the dominions to a purgatory existence. Sixteen monarchies ending overnight is nothing to see lightly. Equally, when Charles takes the throne he may find it too difficult to withstand the coming political struggle over the institution’s preservation, and should that happen the breakup of the union would follow suit. Could we really last long as ‘The United Republic of Britain’? Northern Ireland hangs on by a thread, all the great international forces are ready to support Scottish independence should a second referendum be allowed (and our Government won’t have much choice if the US and EU pressure us to allow it). Our political class may find that despite passionately believing in all the great tenets of globalism it may still be forced to explicitly dismantle our country for the good of the international order, and they’d do it either with a quiet grumble or total ambivalence. Britain hangs in the balance. It has forgotten its own identity, forgotten who its people are, what its history is, how it ought to run itself, it is ignorant of what matters in its present and at a loss to what must be done for the benefit of its descendants. Everything our ancestors fought and died for is on the line, and it could soon be very casually thrown away.