march 6 The United Kingdom

march 6 The United Kingdom - March 6th 2008 The United...

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March 6 th 2008 The United Kingdom Topics: 1. Facts about the UK - Britain is changing, and has changed greatly over the past 40 years. - Flag- union jack. Includes the English flag and the Scottish flag, along with Ireland. - It is a multinational country in a sense that there is more then one nation. - The term British refers to a citizenship, there is no such ethnicity. England is by far the most populous. 81% in eng, 10% Scotland. North Ireland 4%, Wales 2%. Although it is very multi-cultural, but they tend to align themselves to the cultural communities from which they emigrated. - The relationship between these nations is a source of tension. Often English rule is resented in Wales and Scotland. - Can a multinational country with distinct nations survive in a globalized era especially with European integration? - Maybe they make more sense as separate nations within Europe. - If the European union starts doing things like military and more diplomacy there will be less and less for Britain to do. 2. British Political Institutions 3. Rethinking Britain United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II Same as Canada. We share the same head of state does not mean that we are connected politically in any sense. She wears 2 separate crowns. The crown of Canada is independent of the crowns. Head of Government: Prime Minister Gordon Brown Capital: London Population: 60 million Member of European Union GDP per capita $ 31,400 GDP Ranking: 8th Vary wealthy in relation with the rest of the world. The Road to the British Democratic State 1215: Magna Charta - Generally, always includes Britain. 1 reason, is because Britain was a prototypical democracy. - Political ideals have been widely dispersed around the world.
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- Struggle for British democracy is seen as something we can learn from as other countries. - Britain is agreed to be the longest continuous democracy on the planet. - Transition from monarchical to democratic rule was slow and evolutionary. - Magna Charta – great charter. - Always held off as something that starts the current democracy and represents a limitation of the king’s power. - It gives the nobles of Britain rights against the king. - Barons and earls, dukes, basically the king can’t rule on his own. - Limits the king’s power- checks. Power not absolute. 1295: First Parliament - Edward the 1 st . first representative parliament.
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