Said at the height of the United Kingdom’s greatest expanse in 1922 was, “the sun never sets on the British Empire.” It was a time Britain held sway over a fifth of the world’s population.
One wonders how 20th century Brits felt as that influence began waning in World War II’s aftermath. At what point did reality take root the sun was, in fact, setting upon their empire? Did most understand it at the time or did reality only set in later?
Spiraling British influence almost hit another low in September 2014 when Scotland voted on, but rejected, independence from the U.K.
British influence sank even further on May 5.
This date is the answer to a question of historic significance a future generation of Brits will ask. Sadly, by then, it may be too late to do anything about it. Their question will be: When did the sun start setting on British democracy?