English: THE GRAND KREMLIN PALACE, MOSCOW. President Putin with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. Русский: МОСКВА, БОЛЬШОЙ КРЕМЛЕВСКИЙ ДВОРЕЦ. С Президентом Ирана Сейедом Мохаммадом Хатами. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
During the two-day G20 conference is has been alleged that an unnamed Russian official dismissed Britain as a “small island” whose views can be ignored!
We are indeed a small island, and it cannot be denied Britain is punching above its weight, but as a colonial power Britain once rules half the known world for over 300 years, which is more than LARGE Russia ever achieved! Lest we forget, the Industrial Revolution started HERE and expanded exponentially. When we in Britain first travelled by train, harnessed electricity and benefited from indoor plumbing, Russians stilled travelled by horse & cart, pumped water by hand from the ground and read by candle light. In many under developed regions of Russia TODAY Russians still travel by horse & cart, pumped water by hand from the ground and read by candle light. Vladimir ‘Iron Man’ Putin & co don’t want this advertised! Let me also remind those ‘cunning’ Russians, British Law was exported all over the world and forms the basis of many countries statutes. Britons led the world in entrepreneurship!
In many respects modern-day Russia remains a dictatorship. There is little freedom of speech! Dissenters are silenced by prison bars, and occasionally, by the bullet. The Russian leaders are afraid to introduce Democracy to their country in case they are all kicked out of office, put on trial for human rights abuses and their bank accounts stripped of their ill-gotten gains…ill-gotten gains that belongs in the Russian treasury for the benefit of the Russian people and not just for the benefit of the corrupt ruling class. Britain may not be the power it once was, but that’s okay…nothing lasts forever! The sun eventually sets on every empire.
Below is a list of just ‘some’ British inventions/discoveries that the whole world now benefits from.
Anemometer, Disc brakes, Tin Can, Cat Eyes, Electromagnet, Electric Motor, Fax Machine, Gas Mask, Jet Engine, Kelvin Scale, Light bulbs, Penicillin, Periodic Table, Periscope, Radar, Spinning Jenny, Television, Thermos, Toilet Paper, Computer, World Wide Web, Crucible Steel, Stainless Steel, Hydraulic Press, Portland Cement, Modern Glass, Typhoid Vaccine, Smallpox Vaccine, Stem Cell Transplant, Gray’s Anatomy, In Vitro Fertilization, Viagra, Harrier Jump Jet, Tuning Fork, Nature Reserve, Railways, Seatbelt, Tarmac, Traffic Lights, Plimsol Line, Hovercraft, Sextant, Seed Drill, Water Desalination, Marine Chronometer, Power Loom, Sewing machine, Pencil, Electric Telegraph, Stereo Sound, Shorthand, SMS Texting, Typewriter, Colour Film, Fibre Optics, Geostationary Satellites, DNA Fingerprinting/DNA Database, Iris Recognition, Gas Turbine, Microchip, Light-emitting Diode, Wind Tunnel, Flushing Toilet, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Baseball, Tennis, Boxing, Ice Hockey, Table-tennis. Snooker, Bowls, Netball.
A few Great British Writers.
William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Samuel Johnson, Christopher Marlow, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Darwin, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, C.S. Lewis, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, Daniel Defoe, George Elliot, E.M. Forster, Thomas Hardy.
The trouble with dictatorships is, they don’t generally invest in people, discouraging entrepreneurship. The engine of entrepreneurship is IMAGINATION. This too is stifled. The only reason the gangsters who rule Russia are feeling so cocky is due to their new-found oil wealth, but how much of it is being invested in Russian heartland? Russia hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. The majority of its people were suppressed under the Tsars, under Stalin, and now under Putin. Many of the politicians are in league with real gangsters. Pull the curtains aside, and Russia might be considered just as much a rogue State as North Korea, and even China!
Rogue state is a country that threatens world peace. Is it authoritarian? Does it severely restrict human rights? Freedom of speech? Does it sponsor terrorism by supplying deadly weapons to terrorists who would use such weapons to kill indiscriminately? Russia, Chine and North Korea tick all the boxes! Conversely, most Western countries…including our little island supply arms to authoritarian regimes. In fact, they are our best customers!