To protect the British Isles the English took the sea.
To protect the sea the English took Gibraltar, Canada, and India.
To protect India the English went to Egypt.
To protect Egypt the English took the Sudan.
To protect the Sudan the English forced the French to leave Fashoda.
To protect the Cape and Natal the English took the Transvaal.
To protect South Africa the English prevented the French from giving Agadir to Germany.
So the English are just as good or just as bad as the French.