Dear Mr. Gapes,Would you mind if I kicked you in the grapes?

Mike Gapes a Labour MP has said the following in a foreign affairs committee meeting across the Pond:

“The use of the phrase ‘the special relationship’ in its historical sense, to describe the totality of the ever-evolving UK-US relationship, is potentially misleading, and we recommend that its use should be avoided.”

“The overuse of the phrase by some politicians and many in the media serves simultaneously to de-value its meaning and to raise unrealistic expectations about the benefits the relationship can deliver to the UK.” source

In the interest of being open-minded I am willing to look at this from both ends of the spectrum.

Anti-Americanism

I mention this first for it is the camp I am leaning towards. I see this as cheap posturing for votes in light of anti-Americanism,the Iraq report and coming UK elections.

The other side

I can imagine where one may think no special relationship exists and if there is,there is a potential of devaluing it with too much prattle. The thing is I just don’t think that is grounded in reality. The special relationship is based on us both being English-speaking nations,a dash of Christianity and imperialism.There is something to be said about how the USA  helped the UK above and beyond but there’s the rub.

Anti-America

The UK is in dramatic decline of this I have no doubt.The UK dislikes what the USA is. They have forfeited their Christianity.

I suppose it can be said they have enough of their own problems unrelated to the USA to worry about. This is too true in many ways but does America deserve to be bashed for it?

My heritage hails from the UK,Birmingham mostly,and I’ve always have been a bit of an anglophile. Well that is just ever increasingly misplaced affection.

There is so much that can be said of our two nations. Our history,our future and everything in between. I will go on record though with this. If my “cousins” feel they are better off without a special relationship with me and mine,so be it. See Ya!

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7 Comments

  1. Am I mistaken, or does there seem to be some historical link between rough times in Great Britain and anti Americanism..?

    My family’s background is filled with conflict with Britain, but, I can get over that. I can say see ya folks without any mention of the Emerald Isle…

  2. Elric66 says:

    The UK is becoming an islamist cesspool so no big loss. Considering that it is, one would think al-Thuggy would be embracing the UK.

  3. Hello from Ukraine !

    This the interesting Blog !

    Maybe not my business, but as for your Mr Gapes saying such about UK & USA, I think when USA fuelled up their bombers, ships and submarines, snatched the map of Germany from Churchills hand and asked: ‘ok, so where’s this Hitler guy at” ? Special relations had surely been forged with this kind act by USA towards UK and its people, or no ?

    Perhaps this Mr Gapes speaks a little German ? Certainly he has the short memory and gratitude not his strong point !

    But, pay no attention to me, it just my thinking, and anyway, seems us Ukrainians are forever trying to explain to the world that there are “no special relations” between us and Russia, nobody believes us !

    Sincerely,

    Marina.

    Rivne [Rovno] Ukraine.

  4. Alfie says:

    Patrick
    The Brits are definitely looking to place blame and hate on America instead of looking inwardly.
    Alfie

  5. Alfie says:

    Elric
    I don’t think anything will make Obama like the UK. The UK though is nauseating in their affection of him. I have noticed though that they are more readily taking the elitist tone to even Him.
    Alfie

  6. Alfie says:

    Marina
    Thank you for stopping in. I agree with your comment fully. As for your homeland. I have a place in my heart for any place that finds itself facing neo Soviet aggression. Good luck and be well.
    Alfie

  7. Alfie says:

    I’ve looked up Mr Gapes. He seems a bit of a quiff

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