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.
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.
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!