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Thread #132420   Message #2996127
Posted By: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
29-Sep-10 - 11:50 AM
Thread Name: BS: Great Britain or United Kingdom - which?
Subject: RE: BS: Great Britain or United Kingdom - which?
As we are officially "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" then in one respect, I suppose it isn't a choice as one is part of the other.

I assume theleveller means in terms of which you use. I am comfortable with UK, and when abroad use it on hotel registration cards, potted bio' info at conferences I speak at etc.

Mind you, as it is a free country, it is quite right that you can think of yourself as a republican, but not, I fear, as a practicing one. The thing that makes us free to waffle is in part that we are democracy, and will be a Kingdom until a government has a mandate to give us a referendum on the subject. I don't feel I am being ruled by the Windsor family, (although our new Prime Minister is a distant relative...) but I like the idea of a head of state who didn't actually apply for the job. To promote a republican idea is a good sensible cause for debate, but acknowledging of course that as a democracy, we are not a republic as we haven't yet as a nation been swayed of the argument to the degree of voting it through. (Our Aussie friends thought about it, but at the last try, decided a President could be a bad idea after all.)

Arthur C Clarke wrote as a common thread in many of his novels of a world governed by the person who, by some futuristic brain scan, wanted the power the least. Interesting thought...