Clearly, just as it is impossible for us to know how our descendants in 200 years will perceive our actions, it is wholly unsound to place politically correct value judgments on what our ancestors did in their time, facing the perils they did.
It is even less sound to condemn our country by hurling our historic enemies’ invective at us as if it were a dispassionate view of Britain in the 18th century. If the Nationalists don’t like it that Britain succeeded quite admirably against all opposition, who would they prefer to have won: Spain; France; Germany or Portugal?
It would be instructive to learn where their sympathies lie.
Andrew HN Gray