all this is true but i'd also like to say that @thirdform for me and you and people in here we have to be wary of the talk about England's decline. I know people in here will be saying the fuck are you talking about but this is a paticular kind of rhetoric that's been a cottage industry since what the 50s? and from the 80s it just went from strength to strength since the 80s with a bunch of different names (capitalist realism anyone?)
If anything the talk of decline and declinism works in tandem with the the nationalists right love of talking about reviving the nation to its former glory and to keep play acting like this is still the 80's. Don't get it twisted i get it against the backdrop of everything it makes sense why anybody would dive headlong into this talk (the fact that i've seen people who consider themselves leftists use the conservative talk of deserved and undeserved doesn't help). I'm not saying this as some kinda soc dem and lets be real for all the talk from both Truss and Sunak about what they want to slash,unleash etc they're still beholden to Tory donors who are the real power players in all this more turns and tweaks towards making Britain the equivalent of an off shore tax haven.
in short mans just saying be wary, Britians not gonna sink but that comment is reflective of much of the thinking now that there's effectively no future for anyone or anything and that some kind of natural disaster serves as "punishment" for all our failings(although the irony behind this is wanting the ocean to claim the land if anything takes responsibility away from the people just leave it up to nature or divine power to do its thing)
I actually agree with this. when I said the future of this country is to be sunk into the ocean it wasn't so much a prediction as something I want to happen. But there's still a lot of tenacity left in the old cow, you're right.