Well there’s no surprise in the news that the vast majority of the people living on the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands have voted to remain under British rule in a referendum held yesterday. Apparently the British government believes that this act of democratic self-determination by the inhabitants of the territory will be central to Britain’s case under international law for continued claims of sovereignty over the islands.
Hmmm… if only the British had developed such a respect for democracy and self-determination at the start of the 20th century as they now claim to have at the start of the 21st century. Then perhaps they might have respected the wishes of the majority of the inhabitants of the Irish islands in their act of democratic self-determination in 1918. And 1921. But then of course the inhabitants of the island of Ireland and its islands were voting to be Irish not British; and Britain could never respect that. Well, not without a revolutionary war and several decades of intermittent conflict. And even then not without the partition of the island of Ireland and the establishment of the democratic anomaly that is the British Occupied North of Ireland.
Not so much the Pax Britannica as the Pax Hypocritica.