Larry Elliott\’s shocking constitutional insight

while bond yields in both Britain and the UK dropped sharply on expectations

Yes, Britain and the UK are indeed different places but there\’s only one bond market for the both of them.

So what is it that Larry has found out that the rest of us don\’t know? NI is to issue its own gilts or something?

11 thoughts on “Larry Elliott\’s shocking constitutional insight”

  1. Typo for US. Easy to do. Odd that he’s using “Britain” here, though – “UK and US” would be natural phrasing.

    (also, Mr Nakamara’s suggestion that the US doesn’t have a ‘deeper institutional issue’ seems, on the face of it, to be gibbering bollocks)

  2. Now you’re getting into the Britain vs Great Britain issue.

    Of course Great Britain != United Kingdom, since United Kingdom = Great Britain + Northern Ireland, but is Britain a shorthand for just GB or UK as a whole.

  3. “Britain” shouldn’t be used in any context, according to most style guides, because it’s so ambiguous. “British” is the accepted term for “is a citizen of the UK”.

  4. GB has two meanings. Both the island with London and Edinburgh on it, or the entitity of England+Scotland+Wales – including the islands that are directly part of England, Scotland or Wales (Wight, Eigg, Yyns Mon, etc).

  5. Wanna get an Irishman steamed? Tell him Ireland (the whole of it) is part of the British Isles. It’s like calling a Canadian an ‘American’.

  6. @ David Giles,

    Thats not always true, I’m a member of an Irish family who usually describe trips to London as ‘going to the mainland’.

  7. Wanna get an Irishman steamed? Tell him Ireland (the whole of it) is part of the British Isles. It’s like calling a Canadian an ‘American’.

    The BBC, if their reporting is anything to go by, seem to think the Republic of Ireland is some provincial backwater of the UK. I was watching their round up of the international friendlies the other night and they went in the order of NI – Scotland – RoI – Wales.

  8. Sport is complicated by the fact that Ireland has single teams for some sports and united teams for others. So it’s absolutely right for the BBC to cover an Irish rugby match as if it were a home match, because it is one for Northern Irish people.

    As someone who’s been an editor – in print not broadcast, but still – I suspect they’ve decided a rule of “Ireland matches will be covered” is better than “Ireland matches will be covered in rugby, cricket and tiddliwinks, but not in soccer, tag-team wrestling and chess”.

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