The Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah has said he suspects the British empire is “still important in Britain” and may well have played a part in the Brexit vote.
The author, 73, born in Zanzibar, told the audience at the Hay festival that he believes there was a sense of “we can go alone, because we’ve done it before” among voters in the 2016 referendum.
Even if such views may no longer be expressed through “flag waving” or “s
houting”, Gurnah said he thought that subconscious imperial attitudes affect the way many in Britain think.
Nations do have a culture, a shared set of assumptions about the world. Said assumptions are influenced by history. So the surprise here is what?