I have to agree with Stuart on all of his points in his recent posting Public Pride, Private Shame, it also doubles as a well written snapshot of modern Britain. If any of my American readers are wondering why we keep banging on about Thatcher, railways, water companies, BT etc, give it a read.
Aside: I’ve just realised why ‘Great Britain’, and ‘Britain’ are used in conversational sentences (like mine above). Same reason that the USA is wrongly referred to as America (which isn’t strictly accurate either as it is a split continent). It’s because it begins with a U. Much harder to form sentences round the word ‘United’ or even the shorthand ‘UK’.
Another aside: The previous aside was rather long, don’t you think?