1. Exquisite Tweets from @fotoole, @AnthonyBarnett, @David_Goodhart

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    Except it really isn't. I make a much more complex argument about the transformation of colonial dreams into a fantasy of being colonised. That is not nostalgia. But of course it's a lot easier to set up a straw man and knock it down.

    fotoole

    Fintan O'Toole

  2. Excuse me but this is bollocks. @fotoole is centrally about England and the Second World War not Empire. Certainly I don't argue the English question is about nostalgia for Empire as @David @David_Goodhart falsely claims. See this youtube.com/watch?reload=9…

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    AnthonyBarnett

    Anthony Barnett

  3. Have you read his book/recent journalism Anthony? English nostalgia for empire is plastered all over it. But if you do not go along with him in thinking nostalgia for empire plays a big role in Brexit then I apologise you should not be on that list

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    David_Goodhart

    David Goodhart

  4. OK, so you've not read Lure of Greatness or me in @openDemocracy or on England in @NewStatesman stereotype me then say Remainers don't look at evidence. I'll accept yr apology if you add you'll read what I said but not if you can't be bothered @JasonCowleyNS 1/

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    AnthonyBarnett

    Anthony Barnett

    With respect to Fintan his key argument is that Anglo-Britain not recovered from winning the war. It relates to @DEHEdgerton failure of the British nation. Of course it's rooted in Empire, it was an Empire that declared war in 1939. But 2/

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    AnthonyBarnett

    Anthony Barnett

    But it is not about nostalgia to recreate The Empire, as you wrongly allege, but a failure of the efforts to renew Britain since 1945. A crucial difference. END

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    Anthony Barnett