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Gingersnap
10-02-2009, 11:17 AM
Michael Palin: Britons should stop apologising for their colonial past and be proud of our Empire's achievements

By Neil Sears
Last updated at 8:38 AM on 02nd October 2009

Britain should stop apologising for its colonial past, Michael Palin has declared. The travel show presenter and former Monty Python star said we should instead remember the good that arose from Britain's days at the helm of a global empire.

Palin's feelings are in contrast to the tendency of modern politicians to bend over backwards to apologise for Britain's imperial past. The former Monty Python star said we should remember the good that arose from Britain's days at the helm of a global empire.

In 1997 Tony Blair apologised for the 19th century Irish potato famine and three years ago he expressed 'deep sorrow and regret' for Britain's involvement in the slave trade. Palin, however, told Geographical magazine that we should stop fixating on what are now perceived to be crimes in the distant past.

The TV star said: 'If we say that all of our past involvement with the world was bad and wicked and wrong, I think we're doing ourselves a great disservice. 'It has set up lines of communication between people that are still very strong.

'We still have links with other countries - culturally, politically and socially - that, perhaps, we shouldn't forget.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1217472/Michael-Palin-urges-Britain-stop-apologising-colonial-past.html#ixzz0Sn9Wq1SM

Finally, somebody says what everybody else is thinking.

noonwitch
10-02-2009, 12:29 PM
India would not have reached the level of development that they now have without the influence of the british, or the assistance of all western nations, including the US. The british/american business relationships built in the 70s and 80s have helped elevate the status of women by providing for their education and helped work toward the eradication of the practice of suttee. Even the caste system is slowly disappearing.


Well, even we can credit the british for influencing our justice sytem and our culture.

Gingersnap
10-02-2009, 12:49 PM
Well, even we can credit the british for influencing our justice sytem and our culture.

No kidding. Without the Brits we'd probably be eating raw buffalo and running around in smelly hides. Civilization isn't a particularly permanent state.

megimoo
10-02-2009, 02:51 PM
No kidding. Without the Brits we'd probably be eating raw buffalo and running around in smelly hides. Civilization isn't a particularly permanent state.
They had their good and bad points.When they decided to enslave the new colony with taxes to pay for their European wars that was an example of Massive British Arrogance.

When they decided to grow opium in India to pay for their Chinese tea that was a further example of their Arrogance .Brittan built their empire on the backs of their captive subjects.Brittan has been and always was an nation of merchants until just recently .Now of course it's just another Muslim country !

linda22003
10-02-2009, 02:55 PM
Brittan built their empire on the backs of their captive subjects.Brittan has been and always was an nation of merchants until just recently .Now of course it's just another Muslim country !

I've never even heard of a country called Brittan, and Megi's an expert on this place.

lacarnut
10-02-2009, 03:22 PM
I've never even heard of a country called Brittan, and Megi's an expert on this place.

You do not need a comma between two sentences/phrases that relate to the same topic. You are not an expert on punctuation either.

linda22003
10-02-2009, 04:36 PM
It may not be needed (comma) but it is optional (semi-colon) it is not incorrect (period)

Gingersnap
10-02-2009, 05:31 PM
You guys!

Let's get back to colonial oppression or colonial opportunism or dissing The Man or whatever this thread was about.:p

Bubba Dawg
10-02-2009, 05:33 PM
Wot's Mel Gibson say about all this then....