Jim, you always make Britain the villain of your posts.
If you can not justify that, you are indeed guilty of blind prejudice and bigotry.
Britain did not want Ireland partitioned.
There was no choice.
The army of the Republic could not subjugate the North, and the British army would not.
Now what about "I do think that in many cases colonialism created built in weaknesses in many of the former colonies and that to some degree Britain recognised this and took some steps to keep those newly independent countries on her side"
As for smears, you have just called respectable contributors "racist"