Listening to Radio 4, the other day, I heard a fascinating program regarding Cecil Rhodes, Colonisation and ultimately the question and legacy of Imperialism. The gist of the program was the forming of the legacy of the British Empire as everyone now agrees that it has imploded and will form an important timeline background much the same as the Roman and Greek empires did in world history.
Now while listening to this program an important thing happened; the colonies regarding the British Empire were named. This impressive list for an island people to command, covered vast areas around the globe, for example, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Africa. It was at this junction, I realised that in relation to the era the program was concerning itself about, they had left out one very, very obvious colony. The colony of Ireland. Now, why would they do that??(Shhush!! don’t mention the war…..!!)
“a state policy, practice, or advocacy of extending power and dominion, especially by direct territorial acquisition or by gaining political and economic control of other areas. Because it always involves the use of power, whether military force or some subtler form, imperialism has often been considered morally reprehensible, and the term is frequently employed in international propaganda to denounce and discredit an opponent’s foreign policy”- Wikipedia.
Now while Britain likes to think of itself as a champion-er of saving nations that are unfairly invaded by others, I was left thinking of the christian tenet and the hypocritical nature of the British Nation:
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?– Matthew 7:3a
The control of Ireland was gained by imperialism. However Ulster and its hardships formed from the shroud of colony only partly being removed. In its wake a legacy of violence ensued.
Imperialism and its dominion seeking nature, through slavery of people or clearing a land of its assets, has no redeeming qualities. ~Britain has yet to correct the imperialistic invasion of Ireland and as the title suggests ‘Hand it back!’ with dignity. And while it may seem that Brexit is exerting a pressure on the border, that still proves the imperialism of Britain, it must be realised that true and proper trade between sovereign nations stops the need for anyone to think in an imperialistic greedy way.
p.s Google image of the day words: Hand empire