The peculiarities of the British have never been more urgent to understand: this picture reveals national traits that have become very relevant as the euro crisis unfolds. The euro may or may not survive but the fact is that we didn’t join it. What kept Britain out? Was it the Tory Eurosceptics, Gordon Brown – or a spiritual insularity that is far older and more innate? This image says it all. We never were going to abandon sterling for two reasons that precede all others. We stayed out because we have a monarchy, and because we once had an empire. (via Prince Charles and Camilla: the timeless imperial grandees | Jonathan Jones | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk)

The peculiarities of the British have never been more urgent to understand: this picture reveals national traits that have become very relevant as the euro crisis unfolds. The euro may or may not survive but the fact is that we didn’t join it. What kept Britain out? Was it the Tory Eurosceptics, Gordon Brown – or a spiritual insularity that is far older and more innate? This image says it all. We never were going to abandon sterling for two reasons that precede all others. We stayed out because we have a monarchy, and because we once had an empire. (via Prince Charles and Camilla: the timeless imperial grandees | Jonathan Jones | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk)