Letter: Anglo-Saxon world
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Wednesday 08 September 1999
What precisely is the claim here? Is it about models of governance, consumer psychology, language, or what? McRae's broad and breezy brushstrokes lurch around all three without properly distinguishing them. Equally elastic are his definitions of who counts as the master race for this purpose.
What time-frame are we talking about? The US may be riding high now, but when (not if) Wall Street "corrects" then the propensity to spend that McRae celebrates will turn swiftly from virtue to vice. Anyhow, with growth picking up in Europe and East Asian countries like Korea moving rapidly (pace McRae) out of recession, this allegedly differential performance by regions looks set to have a limited shelf-life.
More to the point is the language issue - not Anglo-Saxons but Anglophones, to paraphrase Pope Gregory. But here, McRae hasn't kept up. The current Far Eastern Economic Review leads on how firms such as America Online and British Airways are shifting back-office jobs - payroll, e-mail, call centres - to wherever is cheap and speaks English. The main winners are India and the Philippines (Africa has potential too).
More honorary Saxons for McRae? Or can we just dump this stupid sobriquet once and for all?
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
The real reason Eddie Redmayne was cast as a trans woman in The Danish Girl
JK Rowling announces Harry Potter's son is starting at Hogwarts
Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
Akram Khan: Choreographer says dance is 'as important as maths and being a doctor'
Common words you're probably misusing: From 'enormity' to 'ultimately', 'gambit' to 'fortuitous'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up