"Where empire civilized the British, it will further barbarize us (USA)."
“Humans thrive in conditions that morality condemns. The peace and prosperity of one generation stand on the injustices of earlier generations; the delicate sensibilities of liberal societies are fruits of war and empire.”
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, September 19 2014:
"...Independence campaigners will feel gutted this morning. But they came within a whisker of ending the United Kingdom on Thursday. One day, perhaps soon, they will surely be back."
Scotland has decided to stay in the union. Just the union, no longer the empire!
When I first read the old saying "The sun never sets on the British empire", I was amused by the audacity of the person who coined it.
The exact day when the sun stopped setting on the empire was probably sometime in the late 1700s or early 1800s, when the first Australianterritories were added.
Read some of the words there:
"We live on a little island which seems hardly more than a speck on the map of the world. Yet from our little kingdom has grown en empire greater than any other empire there has been. One-fifth of the whole earth and one-fifth of its peoples live under the British flag..."
...And a few more years after 1947, it was said that "the sun doesn't rise on the British empire for days"!
But the sun still never sets upon the British empire.