Empire 2.0 fantasyland

David Olusoga writes in The Guardian, ‘ . . . there has long been a vaguely defined notion that, somehow, Britain might reassemble chosen fragments of the empire . . . But since last week – when it was reported that Whitehall officials had described plans for Britain’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the Commonwealth as  ‘Empire 2.0” . . .

But this is not the only neo-colonial fantasy to have been recently taken out of the deep freeze and hastily reheated. Another is the Canzuk concept, the dream of a free trade and free movement zone between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – three nations from what used to be called the “white dominions”. The theory suggests that because these countries have similar institutions and cultures it is natural for them to be brought closer together. Once again, “they” have their own memories, and they do not always tally with ours. Ultimately, what makes Empire 2.0 a fantasy are the forces of geography and history . . .’ click here.