BREXIT, BRITAIN, AND A RENEWED COMMONWEALTH: YES, BUT WHAT’S THE ...March 6, 2017
Yesterday I outlined my hypothesis that Great Britain's next move after the BREXIT would be to revive the British Commonwealth of Nations and use it, and its position on China's Asia Infrastructure Development Bank, as a soft-power culture-power card to reshape the political and economic landscape of the West, and as I noted, that nation is toying with the idea of making the USA an "associate member," an idea that appears at least at present to have the ear of the Trump Administration.
But as I also stated at the end of yesterday's part one blog on this topic, such a revival would need a unifying "project," and that project, to my high octane speculation lights, appears to be provided in the second article on this topic, that was shared by Mr. S.D.:
The article contains a zinger - at least by my high octane speculation lights - in the opening paragraphs, mentioned almost in passing, as the focus of the rest of the article is about "medical experiments in zero gravity." This, as far as I am concerned, is a bit of fluffy noise to distract from what may be the real game plan:
British scientists could soon fly into space to conduct cutting edge medical experiments in zero gravity, thanks to new laws, which are slated to make way for a new era of scientific research. According to the UK Space Agency, the new regulations as well as funding will potentially see Britain constructing its very first spaceport by 2020.
"Laws paving the way for spaceports in the UK will allow experiments to be conducted in zero gravity which could help develop medicines," the space agency said in a statement. The construction of a spaceport would enable the UK to launch its own satellites and conduct "horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments".
I contend that this focus on space - a space port, no less - enabling "the UK to launch its own satellites and conduct 'horizontal flights to the edge of space'"(forget about that "scientific experiments part'), is the unifying project for that revivified space port.
From the standpoint of the emerging multipolar world, this makes geopolitical and financial sense, for Britain (and the Commonwealth) will need its own secure and independent financial clearing, and mutual sharing agreements on a whole host of electronic information sharing are already in place among the Commonwealth nations, and with the USA.
The mention of a commercial and financial aspect to all of this is worth pondering a bit further: a sustainable "space port" would tax that nation's economy in the short run, but with the participation of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and perhaps even India in some form of fashion, those costs could be diffused and all would gain long term benefits. The second factor here is the growing commercialization in space. As readers of this website are aware, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has already passed legislation similar to American laws recently passed allowing corporations to keep the profits of whatever they "find and mine" out in space, and I strongly suspect that similar bills will work their way through the parliaments of the Commonwealth countries. Indeed, if this is that "unifying project", one should expect a great degree of coordination in the wording of any putative bills in those nations.
And if that happens, then of course it's an indicator that this is, indeed, the project that will take center stage in any efforts for Commonwealth revivification; and it's essentially a win-win for those countries - Australia and Canada chief among them - that have the technological sophistication along with the United Kingdom itself to make it work.
As always, time will tell if this reading of these articles and events is correct.
See you on the flip side...