United by their colonial heritage, Great Britain continues to loom large in the worldview of its fellow Commonwealth nations, despite the rapid rise of new powers on the global stage, according to a recent survey conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Handelsblatt.
South Africans view Britain as more important than even China, though its economy is one-fourth the size of the East Asian powerhouse. And Australians put the old mother country in third place, behind only the United States and China in terms of global significance.
Both Australians and the Canadians believe Britain has a quality of life that’s second only to their own.
The Brits, however, have a more sober assessment of their standing in the world. They put themselves in fourth place in terms of global influence and many feel recent foreign policy decisions have undermined the country’s standing in the world.
Ian Macsporran, a 67-year-old retired teacher, who lives in Northampton 100 kilometers north of London, for example, believes the country lost its way when former Prime Minister Tony Blair led the country to war against Iraq back in 2003.