Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Where has England gone?

This is the beginning of a long entry for "England" in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Read it and weep.
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England, predominant constituent unit of the United Kingdom, occupying more than half the island of Great Britain. Outside the British Isles, England is often erroneously considered synonymous with the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and even with the entire United Kingdom. Despite the political, economic, and cultural legacy that has secured the perpetuation of its name, England no longer officially exists as a governmental or political unit—unlike Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which all have varying degrees of self-government in domestic affairs. It is rare for institutions to operate for England alone. Notable exceptions are the Church of England (Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, including Northern Ireland, have separate branches of the Anglican Communion) and sports associations for cricket, rugby, and football (soccer). In many ways England has seemingly been absorbed within the larger mass of Great Britain since the Act of Union of 1707.

5 comments:

  1. Absolutely, which is why I run the English flag in the sidebar. This is the white-anting from within, esp by the EU.

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    1. Absolutely, 1707 was just the start.

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  2. Well, it's still there on most maps, just where it always was.

    I'd much prefer "England" to be a separate country, because otherwise it is so bloody difficult to find in lists - do you look under "United Kingdom" (of what, exactly? are there any "Disunited Kingdoms" anywhere?), or sometimes "Great Britain" which at least exists as a geographic entiry, or "Britain" (there is no such place, "British" is an adjective but not a noun)?

    At least if it is listed under "England and Wales" it's in the right order, alphabetically.

    Or I'd be quite happy if we scrapped this separate Wales and Scotland nonsense and called the whole thing "Britain", merged our football leagues, churches etc, that;s fine by me, at least we know where we stand.

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  3. Merger would result in even less English identity than exists now.

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Keep it clean.....