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How imperialism still stops Britain from grasping how it looks to the world

Time for Britons to relinquish the empire state of mind

By Stuart Ward   November 2017

Backing Britain: the 1968 campaign. ©CLIVE MCLEAN/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

While international editor of the Guardian, Anthony Hartley visited Amsterdam in 1958. Journeying in the opposite direction from Joris Luyendijk, he was immediately struck by the quiet confidence of the citizenry. It seemed such a contrast to the temper of 1950s Britain that he could not help contemplating the underlying cause. “They have learned to live in Europe as mere Europeans,” he ventured, “and—let us make no mistake—that is the way we ourselves and every ex-colonial power will have to live in…

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