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The difference between the UK, Great Britain and England (and much more!)

I didn't expect to learn about the composition of our island nation this morning from an American time management coach. Mr. C.G.P Grey's video is designed to guide his fellow countrymen through the ins and outs of our unitary state and the Commonwealth nations, so that British people won't "secretly laugh" at Americans when they get the terms wrong. Little does he know that many of us Britons are also in need of such a handy summary.
Niki Seth-Smith
2 February 2011

I didn't expect to learn about the composition of our island nation this morning from an American time management coach. Mr. C.G.P Grey's video is designed to guide his fellow countrymen through the ins and outs of our unitary state and the Commonwealth nations, so that British people won't "secretly laugh" at Americans when they get the terms wrong. Little does he know that many of us 'natives' could benefit from remembering such handy tips as:

"England is often confused with the United Kingdom as a whole because it’s the largest and most populous of the nations and contains the de facto capital city, London"

"each country has a local term for the population. While you can call them all ‘British’ it’s not recommended as the four countries generally don’t like each other." 

In his final review,"the United Kingdom is a country situated on the british isles and is part of The Crown which is controlled by the monarchy. Also part of the crown and the british isles are the crown dependencies." Thanks, Grey!

This video originally appeared on C.G.P Grey's blog. With thanks to the Laughing Squid and Redtop.  

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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