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    What Makes Great Britain Great?

    I thought of this question at lunch,
    In your own opinion, what makes Great Britain Great? (In a patriotic sense)

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    Her Armed Forces.

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    I think that's an old name from the time when Brittain was in a lot of wars. They were very big on the seas with thier big navy. Therefore I think they called themselfs for "The Great Brittan". I might have wrong? Prove me
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    Sorry to not support Britain atm....but

    I dont think that Britain is great at the moment, neither Home or Abroad. Everything seems to be going a different way to us.

    Cant really think of anything that currently would make Britain Great, save England in the Rugby world cup, (sorry to bring it up again) and thats not even Britain...so i dont know really.

    Maybe 100 years ago in the Industrial revolution, when we were pretty much the nation to beat, but since then we have slowly gone down hill. I think that we relie too much on importing products that producing our own.

    EDIT: Reading Skii's post....also the armed forces as they do a good and professional job..struggling to think of other things though.
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    i think he meant what did *WE* think made britain great....

    I think it's the amount our country does for other countries while the people we're helping are blowing up our families and friends in the armed forces, yet we still keep giving them houses, and food, and clothes and places to stay, rent free. ahh we're such a GREAT country.... feel the love... pass it on... (god how perverted does that sound :S)

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    I could name quite a few things it isn't, Tony Blair, the Railways, Prince Charles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmo
    i think he meant what did *WE* think made britain great....

    I think it's the amount our country does for other countries while the people we're helping are blowing up our families and friends in the armed forces, yet we still keep giving them houses, and food, and clothes and places to stay, rent free. ahh we're such a GREAT country.... feel the love... pass it on... (god how perverted does that sound :S)
    That post makes me want to eat my moniter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenPiggy
    I could name quite a few things it isn't, Tony Blair, the Railways, Prince Charles
    I have to agree with you one that one. Britain once was Great (with the Empire and all) but now we have really gone downhill.
    I also agree with Skii, Britains armed forces are "the jewl in the crown" at the moment, in comparison with such thing like Tony Blair

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    Tony Blair is a hypocrital B*****D! Hes commited to the "war on terror" yet he condems the isrealies for fighting their own war against people who are comiting acts of terror against them.

    People then say "But hes using tanks against people with just a few firearms"

    Yet its fine for america and UK to use Bunker buster bombs and Harrir fighter jets against countries whos AA is limited to a guy with an RPG...

    The worlds "supoer powers" are simply bullies and deserve anything they get.

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    Edit: an before anyone asks, I AM british but I'm certainly not proud of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon2004
    Tony Blair is a hypocrital B*****D! Hes commited to the "war on terror" yet he condems the isrealies for fighting their own war against people who are comiting acts of terror against them.

    People then say "But hes using tanks against people with just a few firearms"

    Yet its fine for america and UK to use Bunker buster bombs and Harrir fighter jets against countries whos AA is limited to a guy with an RPG...

    The worlds "supoer powers" are simply bullies and deserve anything they get.

    Falcon

    Edit: an before anyone asks, I AM british but I'm certainly not proud of it.
    Wooooaaaahh hang on there one second

    So you are saying Israel is fighting a just war on terrorism, but America and the UK are not ?

    Doesn't the guy with the RPG against the mighty armed force also apply to Israel v Palestine ?

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    The British people is what makes Great Britain great, not the politicans, the armed forces, but the jo average man in the street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skii
    Wooooaaaahh hang on there one second

    So you are saying Israel is fighting a just war on terrorism, but America and the UK are not ?

    Doesn't the guy with the RPG against the mighty armed force also apply to Israel v Palestine ?
    Exactly, thats my whole point, Tony Blair condems them for doing that yet "we" are doing exactly the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon2004
    Exactly, thats my whole point, Tony Blair condems them for doing that yet "we" are doing exactly the same thing.
    Ah right - sorry the way i read it I thought you were pro-Israeli (if there are such people lol !!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skii
    Ah right - sorry the way i read it I thought you were pro-Israeli (if there are such people lol !!)
    lol, I'm not pro anything that involves war.

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    People often get the idea from my extremist liberal views that I'm not a patriot and not proud to be British......but I am....very.

    I'm proud that we were the first first world country to abolish slavery; and that our empire, while far from perfect, was the least exploitative of any first world country.

    I'm proud that our ancestors fought and died to save Europe from Totalitarianism.

    I'm proud that, again although we're far from perfect, we're probably the most racially integrated and tolerant nation in the world. I'm proud that abortion and homosexuality are legal, and that our laws enshrine the principle that no-one can be descriminated against for reasons of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or disability.

    I'm proud that we (via Aneurin Bevin) pretty much invented the idea of the NHS.

    I'm proud that we still have the fourth largest economy in the world.

    I'm proud that Britons spend on average 18 minutes a day laughing, and that Bill Bryson wrote (possibly paraphrasing): "The British are the happiest people in the world. Watch any two Britons in conversation and see how long it is before they smile or laugh over a joke or pleasantry."

    I could probably go on if I wasn't so drunk. There's plenty to moan about in this country, and I'm often the first to do it. I moan not because I hate this country but because I'm proud to be a part of our great society and I want to make it even better.

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    There's nothing Great, there are things that as rich has said we should and are proud of, but I'm not proud of the fact that most of the things that we where leading the world in are now jokes.
    The health service is f**ked, the education system is f**ked, the tax system is f**ked, housing is f**ked, transport is f**ked, I could go on like this all night long.
    I dare somebody to find something that there isn't a problem with.

    Britain’s armed forces? maybe the way there doing things is showing up the Americans in Iraq and I know were supposed to get behind our troops out there (and I am), but if you look at the organisation of it all: the equipment is well below par and a lot of the time not there, logistics fail regularly, cut backs are causing huge problems, cover ups and then you have the bullying.

    It's the same problems with everything else, incompetence at the top.
    And before something thinks I’m slagging of Tony Blare and Labour, the previous Government (Margaret Thatcher and the Cons) is as much to blame for the current situation as the present one. I wont be voting anytime in the near future until the ineptitude has gone.

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