British empire was great for many things. But also was awful for many others thing.
Because of British far east see us (Europe) as barbarians imperialists.
What British done in todays South Africa can be compared with regime such as Pol Pot, Hitler and similar. Imho.
Britain, quite rightly, gets the bulk of the criticism for it's past imperialism. But it's a very blinkered take on history to not acknowledge that most of Europe treated the world as a massive lolly scramble. If you got there first - it was yours. (Except in New Zealand, because Maori scared the Dutch off - although they did get to name it). Spain's record in S. America isn't so great. The Dutch behaved appallingly in Indonesia. The Rwandan massacres of recent history were a direct result of Belgium's behaviour. I bet we could do this all day. Where do you draw the line?