The buggers who did this are back in Pearl Harbour as America’s mates – but New Zealand has been shunned.
The Americans have never rated highly as a civilized country, in Alf’s judgement, not since that nonsense in the 18th century when 13 colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America.
Our history books tell us they first rejected the authority of the Parliament of Great Britain to govern them from overseas without representation.
This might have been fair enough in the circumstances, perhaps, if the parliamentarians then were as lack-lustre as the buggers running the show now.
The outrage is that the so-called American patriots then expelled all royal officials.
This – in Alf’s book – condemned them to be forever ranked away down there among the world’s more uncouth nations, regardless of the military muscle they can flex, which is ample enough to make them the mightiest country on earth today according to that crude measure.
If the NZ Herald’s John Armstrong had been a scribe at the time, Alf would have applauded him for describing the American action against the Crown as petty, petulant and pathetic.
Obviously the Americans haven’t become one whit more sophisticated, civilized or gracious since the days of the American Revolution.
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