Never been a better time to rejoin the Commonwealth? April 20, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Anyone else read Eamon Delaney’s suggestion in the SBP that ‘there has never been a better time to rejoin the Commonwealth’. In fairness it was mentioned in comments ages ago that someone would make this case, so perhaps no surprise it is him. Anyhow why does he believe this makes sense? Apparently because ‘we are overwhelmingly connected with Britain – economically, culturally and legally’ and ‘in a scary post-Brexit (and Trump as President) era we should seek a many clubs and alliances as it can’. And hey, for those uncomfortable or dismissive with and of this notion ‘we should explore associative status’!
And on he goes. To be honest the case for membership isn’t really made. The actual material benefits are unclear…he mentions that the UK might have preferential trading status with Commonwealth states, and we shouldn’t miss out, but appears indifferent to the idea that might impact on EU membership. But beyond that nada.
I like this line:
Granted many of us would prefer if the Royal Commonwealth Society drooped the Royal from its name, especially since the global organisation is called the Commonwealth of Nations. It seems like an anachronism and anyway it is likely the Commonwealth will transcend its royal association beyond the current monarch into something more global and exciting.
More global and exciting!