Sir: What ignorance Niall Meehan shows to write that Britain ruled over
two-thirds of the Earth's surface when in fact never more than a quarter
of the map was ever coloured red. Of this, the four dominions were self-
governing, as was his own country, then called Eire. Provincial governments
had been set up in India by the act of 1935, and it was only a matter
of time before that country would have become independent if there had
been no war.
Within 30 years of the end of the war Britain gave up nearly all her
overseas territories with good grace. If Germany had won, Ireland would
now be part of a German Nazi empire.