as the article puts it Britain over the years has become Britains "lap dog" or "subservient poodle" to some extent. this country has become increasingly reliant on the US for many things, it has lost all its courage and initiative. We are no longer the entirely independent country that we used to be, it does not do a country well to become this reliant, it is not healthy. Britain had much influence in the world a while ago, it was hihgly respected and could push its weight around (appropriatly of course) when needed, but since the world wars we have lost this to some extent, although we maintain strong global influence it is not as importanat as it once was.
i very much like america and its people (who really are very friendly), but i do not like the way that American politicians treat us as an asset, and then our government simply stands there and takes it, our once proud nation has lost much of its vigour, there was once a time when we would have spoken up for ourselves no matter whom was pushing us around, but now we dont, it is truly sadening.
we should not abandon America, we should maintain close ties with them, it would be mutually benficial to all involved, but first the American government must begin to treat us with the respect we deserve, to learn that we will not be commanded against our will (Iraq, very negative public opinion, to some extent our politicians are scared of America), and we should learn to fight our own battles, to stand up for ourselves and to fight for what we believe in.
In all honesty from a British point of view the "special relationship" is very one sided, but we do not know what goes on behind the scenes.
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