Britain Today: A Review of Current Political and Social Trends

Britain Today: A Review of Current Political and Social Trends

Britain Today: A Review of Current Political and Social Trends

Britain Today: A Review of Current Political and Social Trends

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BOSTON first won its reputation as the cradle of freedom in the New World. We in Britain at that time did not quite see eye to eye with Americans about that freedom. In fact, you had to show a thoroughly British-- though you may prefer to call it American--determination in order to establish it. But since then we have learnt to respect and admire your independence and to realise that the spirit you showed then contributed not a little to the development of political freedom in Britain itself.

Although our nations are separate, I cannot help reflecting that up till 175 years ago we shared a common history. Not long since our Prime Minister, Mr. Attlee, was showing an American girl round Chequers, the country house which is placed at the disposal of the head of our Government. There are many objects of historic interest there, and when he came to the older ones he told his visitor, "These belong to you as much as to us."

Of course, since then we have each gone our own path and developed in our own way. But with all our differences --and they are considerable--it is noteworthy that in the two greater crises of this century, in two world wars, we have found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder. Bismarck is reported to have said that the greatest political factor of modern times was "the inherited and permanent . . .

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