The sun never set on the British Empire

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David Cameron, and most of the world’s other leaders, are (probably rightly) united in condemning Russia’s annexing, taken under their wing, enrolling them into their family – or just invading Crimea and Ukraine.

Yet, not too long ago in our history, there was a saying: “The Sun never sets on the British Empire” when Britain had annexed, taken charge of, gathered into our family – or just plainly invaded – many of the world’s countries, including India, Canada, Australia, America, Ireland, Spain, the Falklands, Scotland and Ireland, and others, claiming them as our British Empire, so much so that more than half the globe or maps were coloured pink. Many of them had to fight wars against the British just to get independence.

Are the words kettle, pot and black appropriate?

Ron Humberstone

Ecclesfield