‘UK must quit fixation on past glories’

A new study has strongly criticized the British politicians of obsession with what it describes as “supposed past glories” and has called for a change in that mindset in order to enable the country to cooperate more with the world.

The study that was authored by former diplomats and leading academics accused “a foreign-policy elite” of having a “fixation… on past imperial glories” that clouded decision-making on issues such as international trade and Britain’s relationship with Europe.

The authors, who include the former head of the parliamentary intelligence committee, the former British ambassador to Washington and the former head of MI6, urged politicians not to base Britain’s foreign policy on “self-interest”.

“A unified national interest requires a singular identity that Britain’s open, ethno-culturally diverse society should be proud to eschew,” it said.

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