2018-11-06 11:46:43 UTC
"In his book 'We Germans,' journalist Matthias Matussek writes about
an evening spent at the German Embassy in London. The ambassador was
hosting the writer Antonia S. Byatt as his guest of honor and Matussek
was on hand to make a toast to the author. In response, she surprised
him by asking what he thought of the idea of a European constitution.
Matussek answered by saying it's probably not such a bad idea if the
European community of nations agrees on a few foundational principles.
"Lady Byatt then said: 'You know, we British don't need a
constitution. We are the oldest democracy in the world.' She paused
briefly before continuing: 'For young countries like you Germans,
constitutions could very well be useful.' It would be almost
impossible, writes Matussek, to overstate the haughtiness and
contemptuousness that dripped from her voice. 'Essentially, she was
saying,' he writes, 'you are barbarians, you have only recently put
down your cudgels. You need the leash.'"
Brits obviously still believe we are God's Chosen People. However,
we're still expecting the EU to make compromises on our Brexit
decision. We may be arrogant, but our hypocrisy blares across the
world like a foghorn. After Brexit, it will be heard as a signal to
avoid what lies beyond, lest there be monsters. Meanwhile we can live
in splendid isolation on our uppers while we contemplate which
drawbridge to pull up next.