Hard to read .. might be Lancs - you are right -- I lose track of all those ever-changing country names, as indeed do most Brits.
Here we do not go changing them ad hoc every few decades. They stay the same, curious as that idea might sound. As it works.
Look at your own bizarre and convoluted UK County names. 90% of Brits could not point to a map of the UK and show you exactly where RUTLAND
I bet if you walked into a classroom of 15 year olds today in London, and asked them to name all the British Counties, ZERO
would be able to. Can you? You could ask the entire school, all teachers included, and no-one would know them all
, without looking it up.
Any classroom in the USA (50 states) or Australia WILL
give you many correct answers to the VERY
simple questions of how many states they have.
Do you even know the answer to - "how MANY Counties are there in Britain"?
Without looking it up, I bet you do not.
And this is before
all the dozens of often bizarre sounding Welsh and Scot and Irish ones are added into the wacky mixmaster.
The absurd answer, to save you looking, for GB alone, is -
Metropolitan and non‑metropolitan (82)
Sounds like Sir Humphrey Appleton & Co was in charge of County names and borders too -
''In total, there are 39 unitary authorities that do not have the same name as any of the ceremonial counties. Bedfordshire, Cheshire and Northamptonshire are counties that consist of a number of unitary authorities, none of which has the same name as the ceremonial county.
The Local Government Act 1972 abolished the 1888 act, its administrative counties and county boroughs. In their place, the 1972 Act created new areas for handling local government that were also called administrative counties. The 1972 administrative counties differed distinctly in area from the 1888 administrative counties, that had now been abolished, and from the traditional counties, that had still not been abolished.
Many of the names of the traditional counties were still being used now for the 1972 administrative counties. Later legislation created yet further area differences between the 1972 administrative counties and the traditional counties. As of 2020, for the purpose of administration, England outside Greater London and the Isles of Scilly is divided into 82 metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties.
The Lieutenancies Act 1997 created areas to be used for the purpose of the Lieutenancies Act. These newly created areas are called ceremonial counties and are based on, but not always the same as, the areas of the 1972 administrative counties.''
etc, etc, into more totally convoluted daft gibberish! The same guy went on to write the Taxation Act.
I've sent Boris a simple fix - the UK will be just 7 simple countries, you CAN all
remember, and work out instantly where anyone lives.
1. North Scotland (until Independence)
2. South Scotland (until Independence)
3. West England (once called Wales)
4. Northern Ireland (for as long as it is stays unmerged with the rest of Eire)
5. North England
6. East England
7. South England
Even school kids for the first
time will know where they live.
And 99% of the country will now know all the countries, instead of the present 99% who do not
England is an absolutely tiny
place geographically, and this will work perfectly.
You can literally fit the whole place into South Australia 7.6 times!
A simple Knighthood is all I'll be asking for the overdue simplification, as I hear the well is dry over there this year with all these botched Tax regimes?