"This is our moment to be that true global player once more – and I think the armed forces play a really important role as part of that.” Mr Williamson said that Brexit would allow the UK to change the 1960s policy of withdrawal from regions “east of Suez”.
From the horse's mouth, so to speak, in today's Independent.
That's right folks. Behold the true mindset behind Brexit. Real life Bond villain Gavin Williamson, the former Tory whip, now Defence Secretary, who keeps a tarantula named Cronus on his desk to scare people, who told Russia to "shut-up and go away", wants to return to the glory days of the British Empire and somehow "re-write" the calamity of Suez Canal.
Only thing you need to know about Gavin Williamson MP, the chief whip. He keeps a tarantula in his desk @KateEMcCann pic.twitter.com/YnXL5D90zx— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) 20 November 2016
If you don't quite know what that means, the catastrophe of Suez in 1956 was essentially a geopolitical turning point: when it finally became proven Britain was no longer boss in the world.
It's a little known truth that the first ever United Nations peace-keeping force was dispatched not to monitor some far-off Middle Eastern/African butcher in a war zone, but to rein in the actions of the British. See, Britain has a bit of a history of disliking being told it CAN'T do what it likes: particularly when it comes to war and conquest, and fleecing its own people. (And if you need the relevance of Brexit explaining at this point, there's little hope for you.)
In 1956 Britain almost started another World War. Britain, France and Israel tried to invade the Suez Canal in Egypt: but were forced to stop, and withdraw - due to pressure from the international community, the U.N, and ironically, pressure from then US President Dwight Eisenhower. But arguably more importantly, back in Britain, it created a major backlash against right-wing mindsets and warmongering Tory governments: paving the way for all the "love and peace" vibes of the 1960s. It was virtually the birth of modern liberalism in Britain - an ethos it's taken the Tories until 2016 to almost reverse entirely. Little over half a century for the Tories to get the "rank & file" back to detesting foreigners, and clamouring for confrontation.
More info here, for anyone interested.
All ancient history, right?
Wrong. 1956 was only 63 years ago, in living memory. Take a moment also to consider how relatively soon this was after WWII, ending in 1945. Eleven years. Which countries were first to show they'd learned nothing from the human catastrophes of WWII?? Britain, France, and Israel: still trying to play at Imperialism. And it's definitely not "history" for some: it's unfinished business.
Brexit is part of that unfinished business. And these are the people who want it most: deplorable specimens who exhibit all that's wrong with humankind - people like Gavin Williamson. People who view the point in history Britain was told it couldn't just invade foreign countries any more, as a "regrettable change of policy in the 1960s".
Hope you're all looking forward to the prospect of conscription for our children, in the future Tory vision of Brexit Britain.
Where do you think people like Williamson plan on getting their ground troops from, to enable this "reemergence of empire"? And how do you make conscription/service in the Armed Forces (eg: throwing your life away as a dispensable pawn in someone else's chess game) seem like a good thing, or at very least, "not so bad"? How do you rejuvenate the ranks of "meat shield" infantry, when natural human instinct is for freedom and to avoid needless death? When Western notions of valour/basic humanity have spent the past 70+ years selling the idea war is a bad thing?
ANSWER: You make life for average civilians so shit, mundane and deprived, by comparison, military service seems an attractive option - and the only feasible avenue for betterment. Eg: the way it worked for thousands of years.
Eg: Kinda what Brexit may realistically do in Britain.
It's all part of a giant puzzle. Give populaces too much freedom and choice, and they'll no longer be willing to needlessly fight and die for you. Brexit is one step in reversing that.
It's like an onion with never-ending layers, each one making you weep.