‘The Golden Country: the organic myth of the British constitution’ | M. Gardiner- openDemocracy

‘The Golden Country: the organic myth of the British constitution’ | M. Gardiner- openDemocracy

If the nationalism standing behind the ‘British public’ throughout the press and left commentary seems oddly transparent, this transparency derives from Britain’s unusual licence to exist ‘beyond’ the national. For this is less a nation than it is a rationalisation of credit. The British union arises from the import of the Anglo-Dutch financial system after 1688, its guarantee in perpetuity by the Hanoverian crown, and central banks which supported it from the 1690s.

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