Britain remains the world's second most powerful nation


Blackleaf
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Britain remains the world's second most powerful nation - but could soon be overtaken by China if she doesn't invest more in her military...

UK is world's 2nd most powerful nation claims study - and Brexit will NOT impact dominance


THE UK is still the second most dominant power on the world stage and is facing no “discernible impact” from Brexit, according to research conducted by a leading think tank.

By SAM STEVENSON
Daily Express
Friday 4th January 2019



The analysis was carried out by the Henry Jackson Society. The annual audit reveals the UK has maintained its position as the second most powerful nation on the planet. It offers a stinging rebuke to Britain’s “army of doom-and-gloom mongers”.

The findings were unveiled by the Henry Jackson Society’s ‘Audit of Geopolitical Capability’ which was published today.

The study considers all of the G20 countries as well as Nigeria which, with the largest population and economy in Africa, could rise rapidly as a major power.

Labelling the UK as “a truly global power”, the rankings find the UK retains its unique capacity to “project and extend itself around the world”.

However, it urges caution over the threat of a “rapidly expanding” China and the “serious challenge” it poses.

James Rogers, the audit’s chief analyst, said: “Brexit has had no discernible impact on the UK’s fundamental ability to apply itself around the world.

“Although the UK is likely to retain its leadership role in Europe, it is also increasingly wedded to the so-called ‘Anglosphere' - further investment in groupings like the Five-Eyes could help cement its successes.”

The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Like-minded” countries such as Japan and Germany also are also cooperating with the espionage group, according to reports.

Mr Rogers’ audit claims the UK is currently ahead of both China and Russia, despite the respective regimes’ expansionist foreign policies, because of a boost in its overseas investment, aid and military.

Britain’s Armed Forces are ahead of China in terms of “military might” and ahead of Russia in terms of technological prowess, the research has found.

However, the bulk of the UK’s global superiority derives from so-called “soft power” - diplomatic, financial and cultural capabilities.

Of the report’s nine key sub-categories, the UK is a top-five power in eight spheres.

Britain’s standing qualifies it as one of just three ‘global powers’, the second highest grading, according to the audit’s methodology.


The UK is under threat from China but Russia is not a 'global power', the study claims (Image: GETTY)

A ‘global power’ means the UK is capable of projecting itself and defending its own interests anywhere on Earth.

Russia meanwhile is a ‘regional’ power meaning it can only prosecute its objectives within its own regional surroundings.

However, Mr Rogers warned the UK’s position could be under “serious threat” from China.

The foreign affairs expert said: “China’s rapidly expanding geopolitical capacity poses a serious challenge to the West.

“Over the past year, China has added tens of thousands of tonnes to its Navy and if current trends continue – it will overtake Britain as a global power by as soon as next year.”

Mr Rogers advised the UK should “urgently invest” in its military if it is to compete with an ever-more expansionist and bellicose China.

He cautioned by as soon as next year China’s economic growth and naval investment could see it overtake the UK as a global power.

Just 0.4 percent separates the two nations after China added approximately 65,000 tonnes of large new warships to its fleet since 2016, comparable to around one-fifth of the mass of the Royal Navy combat fleet.

Mr Rogers said: “If the rules-based order is breaking down, the UK should urgently invest in its armed forces’ projection capacities forward basing – not least in the Indo-Pacific region – if it seeks to halt this shift.”

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White_Unifier
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Why waste money when you can just expand your alliances instead?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

Why waste money when you can just expand your alliances instead?

Enlarge the Commonwealth.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Britain remains the world's second most powerful nation - but could soon be overtaken by China if she doesn't invest more in her military...

Ah, another fine piece of work from the Institute for the Support of Preordained Conclusions.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ah, another fine piece of work from the Institute for the Support of Preordained Conclusions.


Oh, thanks.

And Americans better beware China's rise, too. It'll soon be the world's biggest economy.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Oh, thanks.
And Americans better beware China's rise, too. It'll soon be the world's biggest economy.

Your obsession with being the biggest is, in a nutshell, Britain's problem.
 
Blackleaf
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Your obsession with being the biggest is, in a nutshell, Britain's problem.

It's no problem at all. It makes us big.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

It's no problem at all. It makes us big.

Don't expect an argument from me. I long ago learned the futility of arguing the delusions of client states.
 
Blackleaf
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Tecumseh's Boner's bed only has one side - the wrong side.
 
White_Unifier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Tecumseh's Boner's bed only has one side - the wrong side.

Why would a boner have a separate bed from its owner's? If your boner is that big, Blackleaf, you might want to get it checked by a competent physician because that's not normal.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

Why would a boner have a separate bed from its owner's? If your boner is that big, Blackleaf, you might want to get it checked by a competent physician because that's not normal.

No. You're misunderstanding what I said. Still. Never mind. Nil desperandum.
 
Blackleaf
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By the way, once fully operational, Britain's two new aircraft carriers will operate an airforce more powerful than Germany's.
 
Hoid
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The Uk is about number 5.

It goes USA/Russia/China/Germany/UK.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

By the way, once fully operational, Britain's two new aircraft carriers will operate an airforce more powerful than Germany's.


They will operate in a combat zone for about 30 minutes.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

They will operate in a combat zone for about 30 minutes.

I don't see how, with a whole carrier battle group, including Type 45 destroyers - the most powerful warships today - protecting them. Spain won't be getting Gibraltar soon, that's for sure.

As for the planes, how long they operate for is unimportant. It's still military power.
 
White_Unifier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

By the way, once fully operational, Britain's two new aircraft carriers will operate an airforce more powerful than Germany's.

And what's the practical benefit of that unless you're planning to launch an aerial attack against Germany?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

And what's the practical benefit of that unless you're planning to launch an aerial attack against Germany?

Strange logic you've got there.
 
Blackleaf
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Great Britain needs to rediscover its confidence

We created the modern world, but misplaced guilt and a culture of victimhood are now holding us back

The Sunday Telegraph
6 Jan 2019
Ed Husain



For centuries, Great Britain has guided the globe. Now, the world needs us to do so again. We must stop apologising for the past, and start advancing again as a free nation at home and abroad. The self-flagellation over Brexit and begging for European acceptance is unbecoming of this great country. Britishness is about values, ideas, history and an attitude, not skin colour. It is time to be proud of Britain again. Together.

In recent months, I have visited the US, India, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Turkey, the Arabian Gulf, France and Spain. Without fail, people perceived me as representing Britain and asked me questions of this great nation. What I saw was a world crying out for clarity and leadership. In March, we will become an independent country, and to provide that leadership we must again project confidence rather than be needy of European technocrats. The English-speaking world, and the wider Commonwealth, almost three billion people, are our natural allies. Europeans are our trading partners, not our rulers.

Aside from Brexit, two other factors impede the assertion of British confidence. First, an abiding sense of imperial guilt gnaws away at our national conscience. Yes, Britain built an empire, but so did Turkey. Turkey has no misgivings about a single act of imperial conquest of the entire Middle East and Balkans, and national pride is strong in that country. Why not Britain? We ended slavery and obliterated Nazism, and the children of our empire now serve at the highest levels of government, including the Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Second, based on this narrative of historical grievances, an entire culture of competing victimhood is taking over university campuses in Britain. I speak at universities regularly, and hear talk of “safe spaces” and “no offence”. We run the risk of losing the liberties we protected.

Rather than feeling British, we’ve begun to hobble separately as new tribes of gay, Muslim, transsexual, female, or black, with the white, middle-class male an eternal enemy in some imagined war. Groups do not have rights. In Britain, individuals have rights and responsibilities, because individuals can be held accountable. This collectivism of victimhood must end.

We have forgotten who we are: election cycles are limiting the thinking of our political leaders to four-year cycles. We have forgotten that the world now runs on the laws, liberties and language spread from this blessed island.

In India, the rule of law, as in the United States, is derived from English common law and the Magna Carta principles of 1215. It is the language of Chaucer and Shakespeare that is now the only language of power and technology. It was John Locke’s influence on the American founding fathers that led to the declaration of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. In the 17th century, it was Isaac Newton who helped Locke consolidate natural law and human rights theories by drawing on the Bible and modern science.

Combining moral responsibility for minimising poverty and helping create wealth, Adam Smith wrote his Theory of Moral Sentiments and then The Wealth of Nations in the 18th century. This is the island that gave the world modern commerce.

While the French unleashed violence and revolutions, Edmund Burke coined the term “terrorism” and opposed populist uprisings for abstract ideals, and balanced the British constitutional monarchy with the merchants, clerics and commons. For all its flaws, we still have a model of government here in Britain that works.

As fascist parties rise across Europe, it falls on us in Britain to show the way toward strengthening a Western civilisation of openness and confidence. Almost every European country fell under the control of extremist political ideologies in the last century. Britain and her allies upheld the rule of law and human dignity then, and we need to be prepared to do so again.

Confidence in our history and values invites migrants to integrate and become British. Together, we can defeat the forces of darkness on the rise across the world. But without a confident Britain, rooted in history and philosophy, we cannot lead. Patriotism, pride in our past and future, should be the clarion call of 2019 and beyond.



Ed Husain is author of ‘The House of Islam’ (Bloomsbury), Senior Fellow at Civitas, and Global Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC READ MORE at telegraph.co.uk/opinion

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 6th, 2019 at 07:37 AM..