Supporters of Brexit are often accused by their political opponents of having an unhealthy obsession with the past, and wanting to take the country back to an age when the British Empire spanned a quarter of the globe. But, if the Liberal Democrat conference is anything to go by, it appears to Mr S that it might be those on the Remainer side of the political spectrum who have an unhealthy interest in empires across the world.
Guy Verhofstadt, the Belgian MEP and Europhile certainly gave that impression yesterday, when he gave a speech at the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth. In his speech, the MEP launched into an unprecedented rant about the state of the world, which he argued was dominated by 'empires'. And, that Britain could only be protected from these scary ‘empires’, if it banded together with the European Union:
“'The world of tomorrow is not a world order based on nation states or countries. It is a world order that is based on empires. China, is not a nation, it's a civilisation. India... is not a nation... The US is also an empire, more than a nation... And then finally the Russian federation.
The world of tomorrow is a world of empires in which we Europeans, and you British, can only defend your interests, your way of life, by doing it together, in a European framework and in the European Union.'
Even more bizarrely, the Liberal Democrat members in the audience then decided to applaud this somewhat ahistorical rant.