Romney: ‘Britain is just a small island that doesn’t make things people want to buy’

Mitt Romney's trip to the UK has gone from bad to worse. It was revealed today that he described Britain as 'just a small island' that 'doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy'.

Romney’s trip to the UK has been blighted by a series of gaffes

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Mitt Romney’s trip to the UK has gone from bad to worse as it was revealed today that he described Britain as ‘just a small island’ that ‘doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy’.

The revelation makes a mockery of the racially motivated comments of a Romney advisor who claimed earlier this week that President Obama did not ‘fully appreciate’ the special relationship because he isn’t of ‘Anglo Saxon heritage’.

Romney’s trip to the UK has been blighted by a series of gaffes. A Parliamentary motions last week criticissed the role of Barclays executives in organising a $75,000 per head fundraising dinner, concerns were raised about the racial overtones of comments about Obama’s attitude towards the UK, and the presidential candidate today flip-flopped over the Olympics after previously questioning London’s preparedness.

But Foreign Policy have now revealed that in his 2010 book, No Apology, Romney wrote:

“England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.”

Is this series of gaffes the reason why tickets for tonights drinks reception have been slashed to just $1,000 per person?


See also:

Romney, boss of corruption-laden Salt Lake City 02, questions our readiness to host Games 26 Jul 2012

Romney’s ‘Anglo-Saxon’ dog whistle the latest in a string of attacks on Obama’s heritage 25 Jul 2012

Parliamentary motion calls on Barclays’s senior staff to stop fundraising for Romney 17 Jul 2012

Romney’s bankerlove extends as Barclays lobbyist raises $184k for Presidential campaign 16 Jul 2012

Obscene: Romney to host $75,000 London fundraiser – hosted by a lobbyist for Barclays 11 Jul 2012



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  • Tomarak

    Same feelings here. The average of kindness is surprising and the widespread sentitivity for things like gardening and landscaping is amazing. London is such a vibrant city too, one feels that there is everything for everyone there. Hope to be back soon.

  • Tomarak

    They had no good option, if you followed the primaries. But you did not miss anything interesting if you missed it, by the way.

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  • Lance Dyer

    Carl Lewis is so right – some Americans should not go abroad. The comments of British Empire shows Romney’s ignorance of history. Just now we have another ’empire’ – the USA in decline, this time due to military strikes outside it’s borders (creating so many enemies) and it’s lack of understanding how the world works.

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  • Anonymous

    I find him very funny really unlike Bush, then again Romney is not in power yet.

    But if he thinks we build things nobody wants he needs to come here, hang on he is… we do not build much even when people want them.

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  • Anonymous

    You’re kidding, right? The Tories are well, well ahead of the Republicans on the ending personal liberties side, they have to deal with SOME freedom-minded people in their midst. (We have exactly ONE notable freedom-minded Tory)

  • Anonymous

    Again, no different to the Tories then, and your courts are slapping down attempts to disenfranchise people, whereas ours won’t do anything about it.

    And Labour are actively repelling the left with their policies, so there’s not even a meaningful alternative here.

  • Anonymous

    A blind man, or a Foreign politician, can see the Tory push to end the Union.

  • Anonymous

    A five year old can understand why austerity is bad, John.

    The Republicans are, in practice, far less hostile to the poor than the Tories here are proving.

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  • D Bellamy

    Get back where you came from ,you idiot!!

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