Speaking at the G20 in St. Petersburg, David Cameron fired back at Russia’s dismissal of Britain as a “small island no one pays any attention to”:
Britain may be a small island, but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience.
Britain is an island that has helped to clear the European continent of fascism – and was resolute in doing that throughout World War Two.
Britain is an island that helped to abolish slavery, that has invented most of the things worth inventing, including every sport currently played around the world, that still today is responsible for art, literature and music that delights the entire world.
We are very proud of everything we do as a small island – a small island that has the sixth-largest economy, the fourth best-funded military, some of the most effective diplomats, the proudest history, one of the best records for art and literature and contribution to philosophy and world civilisation.
Wow. In Soviet times, we used to be told that Russians have invented “most of the things worth inventing” — it was Popov to have invented the radio, not Marconi, nor Tesla; it was Polzunov to have invented the steam locomotive, not James Watt; it was Lomonosov to have invented the helicopter; it was Pirogov to have invented anaesthesia; it was Artamonov to have invented the bicycle, not Karl Drais; the telegraph allegedly got invented in Saint Petersburg; the first robot belongs to Chebyshev; Lodygin invented the incandescent light bulb in 1872; Mozhaysky constructed the first airplane in 1883; Zworykin, Grabovsky and Belyansky invented the television; and so on.
Now we know that the Brits were behind all of them — except that, I’m afraid, it wasn’t them to have invented the games of chess and GO.
Not to mention that… who cares about Britain and its “proudest history”? Or of its designated chair at least…
LATE EDIT: He reiterated: