A union of four nations, England, Scotland, wales and Northern Ireland. Former world super power. But thanks to largely friendly links with it's former colonies still can hold a lot of clout over international opinion.
With in these nations there is a very rich cultural, historical and enthic diversity that attracts over 35 million visitors a year.
Sadly it's population are now mainly disillusioned with its internal political system and as a result we have a very pro Bush government ruling a very anti bush population. However the British people have their own way of dealing with their rogue leaders.
2.5 million people marched through London against Britains involvement in Gulf war 2 and other marches the same day involved another 4 million people. There wishes were ignored. A price Blair is now paying at the ballot box.
An out moded for of government where power is handed down by accident of birth rather than other means.
The divine right of kings
A failing system of government, which like communism works in principle but fails in practice.
ALL democracies end up serving the needs of rich interest groups and detach themselves from the populous. which inturn results in the majority of the people being governed by a minority.
The current UK and US governments are both cases where a minority vote has put a leader into power against the wishes of the majority.
Music slang. Origin obscure, but has been in use since the 1970's
A person who blag
s their way into parties, or back stage at music events just to get free food and drinks, and to bore their friends stupid with stories of 'how they met David Coverdale,' or 'hung out with members of Led Zeppelin.
"I went back stage at the recent Deep Purple gig, but didn't meet the band cos there was 200 other liggers in the way"
Scots english for church.
"Och it's the sabbath morn, better get ourselves off to kirk"
Scottish football team followed by bigots.
I'm a tru brit I follow rangers and hate everything I don't understand.
Blind patriotism, a my country right or wrong attitude towards other nations and ideologies. Prevelent in certain sections of US and UK society
'jingoism is the bind of real democracy and a grave threat to the peace and stability of the world'
(Peter Boulton - 1997)