The population is still divided by class because the British are still "subjects", not citizens due to the continuing presence of a monarchy. Accordingly the British classify themselves as upper, middle, or lower class on the strength of the job they do. Basically, Law, the civil service and the army is ok ( linked to monarchy), banking and finance tolerated ( money is worshipped in britain) but anything else means you are considered at the level of an African toilet cleaner.
Readership/non readership of the Daily Mail decides your level of patriotism. Accent, employment, education, post code, religion and net wealth makes or breaks the average Brit. One absolute stigma that makes you a "chav" ( modern pretentious middle class term for poor working class) is to find yourself living in social housing. This attitude was introduced by Maggie Thatcher in the 1980's to encourage the housing market.
Also, some time in the late 90's a constituent part of Britain, i.e. the English decided to base their national identity on the wearing of football shirts and the singing of "En-ger-land" over and over to any passing French or German person. Morris dancing and the eating of roast beef one presumes became a little dull in the light of Euro 96.
Currently Britain is considering making being a foreigner a criminal offence. This legislation is hoped to be brought in just in time before Britain disappears up it's own backside sometime after the 2012 Olympics.
Very small for it's population, Britain is one of the densest populated western nations. As the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), it is a member of the European Union.
Domestic problems in Northern Ireland have meant that Britain has had to deal with terrorism more frequently than most of its European counterparts. This issue has become less of a problem in the last 5 years, since the Northern Ireland assembly was set up and the IRA declared an indefinite cease-fire.
Once in possession of a number of Colonies, Britain now only holds a few smaller island colonies around the world.
Britain closest ally is still the USA, which it has held a special relationship with since the early 20th century.
John "I agree, it's not full of wankers for a start"
aka Chavland. (to the British)
aka Scotland. ("Fucking Britain! I'm fucking scottish" said jock)
Now im not writing this defination to boast about how great, britain is. All of you already know about this and the name of Great Britain further emphazises the greatness.
I am also writing this to give misguided souls a true discription of Great Britain and to spell out common misconceptions.
No 1: Britain and England are not the same thing.
England is England. Are we all catching that?
Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales.
No 2: Not all British look like the "back end of a bus" (ugly)
Apart from myself and Price Charles that is.
No 3: Tony Blair is not a Wanker.
He is a tosser. (To the non-britons and idiots among you they are both detrogatory comments)
No 4: We dont all have crumpets at tea time.
Scones are favoured accompainment to a lovely Earl Gray.
In this short space of time you have now grown accustomed to Britain's traditions. I will now provide a translation for tourists on holiday to sunny Britain;
football = soccer
oh bollocks = oh shit
a bit of crumpet = a good looking girl
arseholes = assholes or alternatly the french
french = frogs or dirty bastards
"Come on them!" = "you my friend are ever so obnoxious and now you feel my wrath with the old traditional british duel. Jeeves fetch my dueling pistols!"
I am sure all of you will agree that these translations will certainly allow you to communicate more fluently with the average Briton. May i also add the last phrase; "Come on them" works most effectively with a cockney, scouse, brummy, geordie or scottish accent. Don't say it in the queen's english you will sound like a ponce.
I now come to end of my explantion for now i bid you farewell. And may God (who is British) jolly well bless you old chaps.
(I wonder if anyone has a sence of irony or pathetic fallacy)
Please don't start sending me hate mail about how the bible was originally written in latin. Or if you don't believe in a God. Or if alternatly believe in Allah, or them indian Gods or if you are currently intoxicated and believe you are God and that you can fly etc.
"God save the Queen and Britain"