The Second-Tier Nation

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

“England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.”

  • Excerpt from Mitt Romney’s book, No Apology
  • Source: Foreign Policy
  • Context: The above is an excerpt from Romney’s book. In 2007, Romney also took another shot at Great Britain, calling it a second tier nation. Recently, the Romney campaign has been in the spotlight for a series of blunders during Romney’s visit to Britain for the Olympic games. The first hurdle came when the Telegraph reported that a Romney adviser had told them that the White House did not understand Anglo-Saxon heritage and history that the United States and Britain share. This was considered by many to be racially insensitive. Then Mitt Romney himself questioned the preparedness of Britain to host the Olympic games. The next day David Cameron responded by saying “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” The conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also took a jab (video) at Romney in front of tens of thousands of people, proclaiming “”There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!” James Chapman, the political editor of the Daily Mail, declared Romney “worse than Sarah Palin.” The most recent gaffe has been Romney’s admission (includes video) of having a secret meeting with MI6, Britains intelligence agency.
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