As anyone who has attended a British school can tell you – the causes of an event can occur long before the event itself.
This week Chris Bryant MP demonstrated his GCSE history knowledge by making the claim that Britain voting to leave the European Union last month ‘contributed to the destabilising’ in Turkey. By which he meant, let’s not play around, Brexit caused the coup in Turkey.
I respect this historical analysis. It is for this reason we have MPs; to think big picture thoughts and to join dots that the average citizen can’t even see.
However, I think it is obvious that Mr Bryant didn’t continue History into the Sixth Form for his seeking of causes ends prematurely.
I agree that Brexit ‘lies’ caused the Turkish army to seize control of Istanbul. For surely it is obvious to assume Turkish Generals had tuned into ITV to listen to intelligent televised debate only to be appalled at the bold faced deceit of Leadsom, Johnson, Gove and co. and naturally and rationally decided that the only adequate response was to topple their President.
But I think for the sake of historical integrity Mr Bryant needs to look further back to see other causes of the Turkish coup.
What he must consider is that the assignation of Archduke Ferdinand was the spark that started the fire of WW1 and forced the Ottoman’s to enter the Great War. This action ultimately led to the fall of this great empire. The fall of the Ottomans in turn led to a power vacuum in Europe which Hitler sought to fill with a Germanic hegemony causing the Second World War. Following the Second World War European nations, determined never to experience a similar conflict again, formed the European Union. The UK joined this in 1973 and then held a referendum in 1975 cementing this decision. It is then obvious to say that joining the EU in 1973 was a direct cause of us leaving it in 2016.
As a result, I would like to point out to Mr Bryant that, while it is totally true to say that Brexit caused a Turkish coup, he should place the bulk of the blame at Archduke Ferdinand’s feet for dying that afternoon in sunny Sarajevo.