Great Britain is a European island consisting of England, Scotland, and Wales, all of which send representatives to the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The "United Kingdom" consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. "Great Britain" also has a purely geographic meaning, as the largest island of the British Isles. The term was first used during the Middle Ages to differentiate between the island of Britain and Brittany (Little Britain - Britannia Minor) in what is now France, which was a haven for Celtic peoples (Britons) fleeing the Germanic incursions beginning in the 5th and 6th centuries.
Once the greatest nation in the world (from about 1815 to 1915), Great Britain has been nearly destroyed by atheism and socialism from within, traceable to belief in the discredited theory of evolution. Today Great Britain is a mere shadow of her former self. Illustrations of its pathetic current state include:
- A Christian physician has been fired "for emailing prayer to colleagues. ... He was finally dismissed after he queried the order not to use religious language in professional communications 'verbal or written.'"
- A Devout Christian nurse was forced to resign after an employment tribunal ruled that National Health Service bosses were correct to ban her from wearing a necklace with a small crucifix which she considered to be a personal faith item.
- In the land of Shakespeare and Dickens, an erotic novel is now the best selling book in Britain since records began. 50 Shades of Grey by EL James is the story of a virginal heroine who falls for a bondage-loving billionaire and features gratuitous sex scenes throughout.
- Great Britain's roads are in disrepair beyond belief, a symbol of its declining culture and productivity. "Britain's roads worse than poorer countries including Namibia and Ecuador, shocking report reveals."
The Population of the island of Great Britain is estimated at 60.5 million in 2010, which is 97% of the population of the UK. The island has an area of approximately 88,745 square miles - about the size of Minnesota - making it the 9th largest island in the world. The topography of the island is characterized by rolling countryside and scattered forests of low elevation in the South and East, with larger hills and mountains in the North and West.
- Kingdom of Great Britain (historical)
- Margaret Thatcher
- Act of Union (Scotland)
- Act of Union (Ireland)
- This includes surrounding small islands and islets that also comprise England, Scotland, and Wales. From the UK Office for National Statistics. "National Population Projections 2010-based Statistical Bulletin." October 26, 2011. http://ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_235886.pdf
- Taylor, Nick. "The British Isles and all that..." Accessed April 2012. School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/britishisles/