Here is a recent example via Kiwiblog where guest, Oliver Hartwich, writes on the impact of Britain on the world:
There is something that is undoubtedly special about Britain. It is not just a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic. It is not just another mid-sized northern hemisphere country. In many ways, Britain has been, and still is, much more than that.
Other countries may also lay claim to some socio-political developments or scientific inventions, but none other could boast to have started modernity with the same justification.
It was Britain in which monarchs first had to respect the rights of the people and of parliament. Magna Carta and the Glorious Revolution paved the way towards liberal parliamentary democracy. Britain was the birthplace of the Enlightenment, which was a prerequisite of scientific discovery in the age of invention, the industrial revolution and the development of economic thinking.
The Common Law, developed since the Norman invasion, had become an important tool in the promotion of a commercial society. The protection of property rights and freedom of contract were at the heart of this British version of law.
Taken together, the UK made the modern world, it dominated it until around the time of the Great War, and it still wields incredible soft power to the present day. Britain’s greatness is not just a historic feature. It still makes Britain a special country today, not least because of the spread of the English language.
For example, ask yourself where the world gets its news from, and a large part of the answer would be from the BBC, the Financial Times and The Economist.
Other countries may produce better cars, more efficient machinery and certainly more palatable wine but few others would be better at selling their ideas, culture and beliefs to the world.
How immature! A more sensible approach would surely be a combination of the best of both worlds. Constantly railing against the heritage of the vast majority of the New Zealand people as being ‘bad’, is not only inaccurate, offensive and abusive, it also does nothing for racial harmony. In fact it promotes the very opposite. There is no incentive for New Zealanders to work together for the good of the country while any sector is the brunt of such blatant racism. Enshrining this racism through a modern day interpretation of a 200 year old treaty is the height of folly.
It’s time for Brits (and all those with British ancestry) to stand up, affirm they are proud of their heritage and actively promote British culture wherever and whenever they can. If the schools refuse to teach the history of Britain, then parents should be sitting their children on their knees and telling them tales of the Magna Carta and the Glorious Revolution, when, over 300 years ago, freedoms we now take for granted were first enshrined in a Bill of Rights. These became the founding principles of the newly formed United Kingdom. If that’s too hard, sit with them in front of the many programmes on Sky’s History Channel, telling the story of Britain and the English language. If you're Scots, Irish, English or Welsh tell them the tales that celebrate your uniqueness.
Answer the title question of the blog above. Tell your children what the British have done for us New Zealanders. It’s a long, thrilling and good story.