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A land under the North Sea

The BBC has reported a wonderful story about a prehistoric landscape that was covered by rising water levels at the end of the last ice age eight thousand years ago. University of Birmingham researchers have been using oil exploration technology to build a map of the area now lying under the North Sea. They believe it was inhabited.

The BBC devotes whole graphs to the terror that must have been experienced by those unknown hunters as the waters rose, and, lest we think that may have happened so slowly over generations as to be hardly noticeable, we are told it may have happened overnight. One day they’re running after animals; the next day they’re swimming after them.

Perhaps it did happen quickly, and a few people (there were not many people in the whole world then) lost their lives. The result of those rising waters was Britain, or as Shakespeare, focused more narrowly on England, puts it –

This fortress built by Nature for herself

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in the silver sea . . .”

It is this island home with its traditions of freedom that is being destroyed. The creeping controls of the EU, the current government’s incompetence and its criminalization of everything from casual remarks to bulging dustbins is sweeping away all the liberties that Brits fought so hard to create over centuries. It’s strange the BBC has expressed so few regrets about the political and cultural tsunami.

Thanks to the barrister at Maggie’s Farm for pointing out the story.

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