Oh No, Darling, We’re Just Very Good Friends


Britain’s ambivalent relationship with Europe stretches back centuries, if not millennia. In the postwar world, as its imperial power faded, Britain turned towards the recently formed European community, threatening long-established trade and cultural ties with the Commonwealth. This sense of almost-betrayal is captured in Abu Abraham’s image of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan caught canoodling with Europe by the Commonwealth, represented by Australia’s Menzies. Britain did not join the European community until 1973, but even in 1962 who would have predicted that this relationship would still be news in 2016.