I agree with your analysis, Ralston. One of the many reasons I knew the Brexit side would win (when everyone and their trained pundit dog was predicting the opposite) was because of the endless Dad’s Army type of nonsense the Brits have fed themselves endlessly. From Doctor Who to endless repeats of Battle of Britain, the typical Brit truly believes (because they know nothing of factual history) that “we stood alone” and even more amusingly, “we won the war.” Top Gear contributed in precisely the manner you indicate in your article but I think Clarkson and Willman were simply too egocentric and too naive to realize the influence they were having and where it could lead. The whole “Little Englander” routine is so deeply depressing and backward that only Trump with all his mindless infantilism is comparable.

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