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In her current predicament-swirling between Scilla and Charybdis ( both of whom seem to be the US in its two different avatars) Britain can hardly be the envy of anyone.

However she has only herself to blame for getting there in the first place. The \'whys\' behind her decision do not bear repeating - merely variations on the same old hackneyed theme of her being America\'s whore.

Let me nonetheless say that though she may well be the front-runner in America\'s call-girl sweepstakes , she faces stiff competition . A whole slew of nations from across the world are snapping at her heels -including ,to my utter mortification, my own.

She has two massive advantages though that none of the others possess.The first is that she is the mother country and the very fountainhead of America ( and is perceived as such by Americans -notwithstanding their Germanic roots ).The second follows on from the first : Americans\' weakest spot is their almost fatal fascination for all things British . The Ruritanian pomp and pageantry surrounding her Monarchy and Nobility , that oh-so-plummy ,cut-glass \'propah\' Brit accent , and her, all-too-quaint ,quintessential \'Britishness\" never fail to have most Americans -oohing ,aahing and squealing -in paroxysms of utter and delirious delight.

Notwithstanding any of this ,nothing can alter the flint-hard realities .

One : America\'s own interests take precedence over all else .And in the furtherance of these ,she has time and again , pulverized whole swathes of the world and decimated entire populations without a second thought -or the slightest compunction.

The second : even a \'whore\' , albeit of Britain\'s proficiency, often finds it very difficult to collect - even for \'yeoman\' services rendered.


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