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Would Newt return our lost colony?

Mark Mardell | 18:48 UK time, Monday, 13 September 2010

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich appears to be burnishing his credentials with the Tea Party, endorsing an article that suggests Obama's world view was learned at his papa's knee. But surely there is an opportunity for Britain in his apparent admiration for colonialism.

The former Speaker and possible contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 endorses a rather odd if entertaining Forbes article that claims the president sees the world through a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" lens, indeed through the eyes of his father who is described as "a philandering, inebriated African socialist".

Newt is quoted as asking: "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behaviour, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?

"That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behaviour."

This despite the fact that Obama hardly met the father who is meant to have so influenced him.

Dr Gingrich, a historian by training, has earned the contempt of several commentators who point out that traditionally the US has been rather anti colonialist.

Indeed, while many on the left accuse the US of being a colonial power, it is not often that leading American politicians suggest that it is, and should be.

But it raises an intriguing possibility and a whole new level of responsibility for David Cameron.

If Newt became president would he hand the 50 states back to British control, in his effort to undo "anti colonialism"?

Perhaps, having abolished the office of president he could stay on as Lieutenant Governor of the new British Empire's regained territory.

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