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Cool Britannia.

Cool Britannia.
March 30, 2014, 04:08:11 PM
I remember the exact moment Tony Blair coined the phrase 'Cool Britannia', in his hugely successful bid to sent the late, formerly Great British Rail locomotive off the bridge and into the abyss.
Where once was 'Rule Britannia', now it was merely 'Cool'.
And what is 'cool', anyway?

'Cool' is what someone thinks will look good to outside observers. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But either way, it is all about appearances. To run a country based almost entirely of what other countries think it looks like, seems not the best way of doing serious business.

And yet, this is what you get. I have read innumerable reports of official justification for blowing the entire remaining wealth of the nation, purely to try to make that nation look good to others. There is a limit to this, of course. Not that those obsessed with appearances notice it. Now vast sums are borrowed, in the now permanent absence of hard currency, in order to give it away to numerous lost causes and absurd black-holes, again, simply to keep up appearances.

We are nice. We are cool. Aren't we fuckin' wonderful?
Er - no - we are finished as a nation.