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Only 22 countries in the world not invaded by the British

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If we can quickly complete the list (a few friendly incursions maybe?) can we then stop spending obscene amounts of money on 'defence'?

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Even odder is Norway, we (apparently) invaded it in an attempt to get rid of the Germans in WW2, I can see how that qualifies as a hostile act.

Did you mean to say "I can't"?

At the end of the report Mr Laycock says "The book is not intended as any kind of moral judgment on our history or our empire. It is meant as a light-hearted bit of fun."

I don't think the word "invaded" is quite the correct one in context of the book, and the qualification the author gives backs this up:-

[Countries] have been included because the British were found to have achieved some sort of military presence in the territory – however transitory – either through force, the threat of force, negotiation or payment.

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:D

Someone told me recently that you don't even get a giro these days? I would be gutted if I was unemployed, that was a real highlight getting and cashing your giro.

I suppose all the old jokes will die out with it too?

When I was signing on, your dole went straight into your bank account every two weeks - very civilised! The only time I got a giro was if the job centre employee assigned to me forgot to tick the little box on her screen that said that I had attended the appointment and fulfilled all the criteria needed to receive the payment.

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I think if we did invade Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg or Leichtenstein, or most of the others we would be looked on as some sort of Imperialist Bully.... OH!

As for the Vatican,should have been invaded during the reign of Henry VIII, or after 1605.

All the rest have nothing we wanted (apart from dysentry)

We were only 2nd class in Henry VIII couldnt even invade Scotland

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I read somewhere that USA has invaded quite a lot of countries since wwII

A newspaper?

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No actually I heard on the radio by a well known political firebrand

George Bush?

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George Bush?

No not him either.I will tell you now and if you were facing me you would probably me the Bradford West nut slap. got it now?

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No not him either.I will tell you now and if you were facing me you would probably me the Bradford West nut slap. got it now?

Ah, Presidant Assad's Ambassador.

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Ah, Presidant Assad's Ambassador.

I heard him say it and I dont know the figure he said ,but it was quite high ,and I mentioned it to a bloke in the local bar and he said 'yes I'm not proud of it

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Even odder is Norway, we (apparently) invaded it in an attempt to get rid of the Germans in WW2, I can see how that qualifies as a hostile act.

Well ... we planned to invade it before the Germans did, sort of. It was (partly) Churchill's lunatic idea, to cut off Germany's supply of Swedish iron ore, and also use it as a means of sending troops to help Finland fight the USSR. The Germans got wind of it and pre-empted us.

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I would imagine the purpose was to secure the Icelandic harbours for the Arctic convoys. My grandad was the skipper of HMS Sulla which was lost after leaving Reykjavik with Convoy PQ-13

Not sure about them not being keen on us ever since. When I was growing up they saved dozens of our trawlermen, often risking their own lives to do so. The Icelandic people still have enormous respect in this part of the world. They even paid for a street in Hull, Icelandic Close, to be built after WW2 as a gesture of friendship following the Luftwaffe's attempt to bomb the city into oblivion.

I was thinking of the Cod Wars. (Shows you how cheap houses are in Hull, if Iceland could afford to pay for a street).

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I read somewhere that USA has invaded quite a lot of countries since wwII

Was it this?

Since 1945 the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments. In the process the US has caused the end of life for several million people and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair

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I was thinking of the Cod Wars. (Shows you how cheap houses are in Hull, if Iceland could afford to pay for a street).

They'll never quite be as cheap as that remark though.

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Was it this?

Since 1945 the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments. In the process the US has caused the end of life for several million people and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair

No, surely not! The protectors of freedom have done that? Surely they've only overthrown vicious dictators though, nobody elected?

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The 2nd and 3rd books in Eduardo Galeano's 'Memory of Fire' trilogy are particularly good sources of detail about the US government's shenanigans in Central and South America, and make evident the meaning of the term 'banana republic'.

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Was it this?

Since 1945 the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments. In the process the US has caused the end of life for several million people and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair

Yes that is similar to what I heard from the right honourable member for Bradford west,and when I brought this up in conversation with a fellow drinker in a bar where I live he agreed and said its something many of us Americans are not proud of it

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No, surely not! The protectors of freedom have done that? Surely they've only overthrown vicious dictators though, nobody elected?

Let's not forget the commendable courage shown by U.S. forces in overcoming a bunch of Cuban bricklayers during their heroic 'liberation' of Grenada.

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Let's not forget the commendable courage shown by U.S. forces in overcoming a bunch of Cuban bricklayers during their heroic 'liberation' of Grenada.

and of course defending American freedom in far off Afganistan.As they they say "freedom is not free"

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We were only 2nd class in Henry VIII couldnt even invade Scotland

But we did own Calais.

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