Brexit future and British Empire past (E270)
Days before Britain exits the European Union, hours before Parliament decides how, when, and on what basis, it seems like a good time to discuss Brexit. After all, nobody in the mainstream media seems to be discussing it, focusing on party politics instead. But what happens in the next hours and days could change Britain, not just for a generation, but forever. Dr. Gerard Lyons is an international banker who has plied his trade of economics at Chase Manhattan, Standard Chartered, and all the citadels of City power in the square mile. So, who better to invite into the studio to discuss what’s next for Brexit?
One hundred years ago, the naked awfulness of British Imperial power in India was spectacularly demonstrated when General Dyer ordered his troops to open fire and murder nearly 400 Indian civilians in Jallianwala Bagh Park, Amritsar, in the Indian Punjab. Of course, the British have been murdering Indians for centuries as they looted the entire subcontinent, but never so many in cold blood at once. India is now, 100 years on, a superpower, but it has never forgotten the bloodshed at Amritsar and nor should it. Saurav Dutt has just written a book, ‘Garden of Bullets: Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh’, commemorating the massacre. So, we invited him into the studio to discuss India – the jewel in the crown of the British Empire.