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Mitt Romney: ‘Britain is just a small island

By Will Straw
July 26th 2012




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. Parliamentary motionslast 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?

Originally published by Left Foot Forward

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