Much is said about how Britain repressed the people in our colonies and didn't do much for the people. I wholly reject that idea, as the current situation in burma shows we have much to be happy for. Burma as a former British colony has signs of it's past. We introduced a Parliament to the country, we introduced a free press as is in all of our former colonies, but we also maintained and built an army which Burma kept after their independence heralding a half century of dictatorship and the abolishment of free press.
However, I believe that Burma is moving on from the chaotic years of 1948-1950 when Burma went from a young democracy to a iron gripped dictatorship. It is clearly moving on due to the win of San Suu Kyi and 40 of her colleagues this is only possible due to the fairness of ellections and Parliament.
I think that Burma as a former British colony is going to the future and the visit of British Prime minister as the first western leader to visit there in half a century is a major step forward.
What is key though is the willingness of the Burmese military led government. It is making major progress in putting Burma back in its rightfull place as a democracy.