Who Would Want To Be British In 2023?

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readAug 11

No other country on earth is equally inebriated and haunted by its past…

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Winston Churchill.

The one figure who continues to live rent free in the heads of millions of British people is to blame for the current madness in which we find ourselves, today.

Britain’s wartime leader was the inspiration for our first woman prime minister— Margaret Thatcher — and the political and economic reforms which she implemented was done in the spirit of Churchillian doggedness.

It didn’t matter that the memories which Churchill evoked never existed; all that mattered was creating a mythology to get things going; a fig leaf which covered all manners of sins.

It wasn’t just Thatcher who found Churchill useful, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson did too.

The disgraced former prime minister also did tap into the Churchillian myth to get the British people to make the worst decision ever in voting for Brexit.

To those who have made it this far, you may be wondering why Churchill is the lightening rod for Britain becoming a failed state?

No other figure in British history, believe me, no one comes close, in creating the myth of British exceptionalism.

Granted that Churchill’s mesmerizing eloquence had its usefulness at a time of great peril in the early 1940s, when ignominious defeat at the hands of the Nazis seemed quite imminent, but since 1945, there’s been nothing exceptional about Britain.

The citizens of territories which it had taken by violence and genocide had risen up to eject their former oppressors, thereby creating a massive deficit in Westminster’s coffers.

This deficit led to all kinds of economic problems in the 1960s and 70s, leading to the now forgotten sobriquet — the sick man of Europe.

While it is no crime to admit that Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair reinvented Britain, by deregulating finance and making it look like a society very much at ease with itself, but they did so at the expense of the very poorest in society.

And this is why we are exactly in the same position as we were fifty years ago, when our economy was unravelling at such an extraordinary…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible