The United Kingdom meets again its own ghosts
Perhaps if our distant great-great-grandmother Caterina Maria had been less distrustful and welcoming with that beautiful, helpless and charming young girl that life had placed as her daughter-in-law, the destiny of Great Britain today could be different. The little Scottish Catholic Mary Stuart was at the French Court fated to marry in 1558 the young François II son of the late King Francois I of France and Caterina Maria de’ Medici. At that time all the French cards were played to consolidate French Catholic control of the English and Scottish Crown.
But our grandmother let herself be won by her human passions and was harsh, even cruel, with that young girl who was soon widowed one cold night in 1560 from her young husband and orphaned of protection in that nest of vipers that were the Anglo/Scottish courts; and the French one too.
Mary Stuart Queen of Scots
Then the English Crown distanced itself definitively from the French Court. What would have changed history would have been for her mother-in-law to understand that this innocent young girl was the key that opened the door to the kingdom of England.
It is said that Italian women can be very harsh and sometimes their prejudices cloud their judgment, leading them to commit blunders.
But what is most striking is that, beyond her passions, Caterina Maria has made a tremendous historical mistake being that she was a de’ Medici, coming from the family that invented the modern palace intrigues.
But on the other hand, who did have a strategic vision to give the United Kingdom of Great Britain the physiognomy it still has today was Oliver Cromwell who, after cutting off the head of the King of England in 1649, crossed the sea to convince Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, patriarch of the powerful Jewish community of Amsterdam, to ask the English Parliament in 1655 for permission for the return of the Jews to England. From that initiative would arise the still today powerful City of London and a British aristocracy in whose veins runs Jewish blood in more than 50%.
Between the year 980 and 1850 the Germanic England invaded and violently subdued its Celtic neighbors: Wales, Scotland and Ireland whom it never ceased to consider inferior and worthy of being subdued. In order to placate independence fanaticism, the Anglican and millenarian English elite convinced the great lords of their vassal provinces that together they were called to dominate the world.
The idea of a world empire was slowly brewing and accelerated when English Freemasonry was ordered and updated from 1717 onwards and England decided to become a maritime power with the financing of the City.
From then on all the ingredients were in place for the United Kingdom of Great Britain to become the great Empire that would last until the Second World War.
But beyond its world successes and defeats, what the elitist English aristocracy was sure of was its rearguard: Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland).
Until the rebellious spirit of some Catholic republicans in the midst of expansion in the 19th century led to Ireland gaining its independence from the English yoke in 1920.
There were so many things that separated the Irish from their former English masters that later the young Republic of Ireland remained neutral during the Second World War and the majority of its population and its government sympathized with Hitler’s Germany.
In extremis London managed to impose that the Northern Province of the island of Ireland be subject to England. That small portion of the island of Ireland had been populated by Protestant Scots, deliberately transplanted by England to accentuate contradictions and confrontations, resulting in a population currently divided 50-50 between Protestants and Catholics.
A 500 km border has separated the Irish people ever since. Almost 30 years of civil war between 1967 and 1989 with almost 4,000 dead and hundreds of wounded left a Northern Ireland torn in two as can still be seen today in the neighborhoods of Belfast.
All those wounds that began to close with the Good Friday Peace Accords of 1989 are now in danger of reopening due to Brexit as Northern Ireland, Scotland and the City of London voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 plebiscite, while England and Wales voted to leave.
By leaving Europe, the English elites sought to «protect» their vassal provinces (Ireland and Scotland) from the dissolving and identitarian influences emanating from Brussels and the major European capitals.
The result obtained could be the opposite of what was expected, accelerating a process of internal fragmentation of the United Kingdom
Northern Irish Unionists accuse the British government of betraying them, which has already cost Prime Minister Arlene Foster her job, and Unionist MPs and the more conservative Tories are threatening to weaken the London government. And the armed paramilitary groups have announced that they are withdrawing their support for the 1998 Peace Accord. There is already talk again of a not-so-distant unification between the two Irish Republics, although the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, Micheal Martin, keeps repeating that no such proposal is in his plans.
And the Scottish Prime Minister accuses London of having taken powers that go against the interests of that province by forcing it to leave the European Union when its population voted by a majority (62%) in favor of remaining. This has awakened the fear that Scotland may want to reconsider the result of the 2014 plebiscite in which its population ratified its will to remain part of Great Britain.
So much to-ing and fro-ing cost the African dancer and Prime Minister Theresa May her job.
Meanwhile, a France obstinate in charging it dearly for its exit from the European Union is demanding Great Britain to keep Northern Ireland within the Customs Union and the European Common Market under a «special status» to avoid placing a customs border between the two Irelands.
The (French) European Negotiator then proposed a solution as absurd as it was Solomonic: Customs would be in the Irish Sea at the entrance to Irish ports, establishing a customs border within British territory itself.
«Unacceptable» shouted the pro-British Unionists in Belfast. And so began the violent riots in the streets of Belfast that frighten Europe and the Americans who see conflicts being reborn in the very heart of their great British partner.
Faced with the fear created in the British elite by a possible wave of violence in Ulster and eventual emancipatory pretensions in Scotland, the British government is once again using its old strategy of rushing ahead, proposing a «Global Britain» ready to participate more actively in the great world conflicts alongside its American partner.
That is why Boris Johnson announced a monumental investment plan in military and atomic capabilities for the next 5 years. The bulk of these investments will go to a 40% increase in the number of nuclear warheads and to offensive weapons, especially a new generation of submarines and fighter planes. Some of the 150 military bases that Britain has around the world, especially in the South Atlantic, will also be refurbished.
Probably, in view of such a scenario, the governments bordering the South Atlantic (Argentina), South Africa and, no doubt, China and Russia, which, in line with American obsessions, intend to escalate conflicts with which to appease internal tensions, should now start worrying.
Because both powers continue to be motivated by messianic and millenarian inclinations that they inherited from a biblical Protestantism that gained strength when our distant great-great-grandmother Caterina Maria could not control her passions towards that beautiful girl who in the middle of the 16th century would have opened the doors to a Catholic kingdom of England.
What excuses our great-great-grandmother is that in those years she was busy eradicating Protestants from the kingdom of France in the middle of the «war of religion».
By Ari Umpièrre de’ Medici, father of Maria Caterina Umpièrre de’ Medici born in Versailles near the same castle of Rambouillet where her distant great-great-grandfather Francis I died 450 years before.