Donald Trump has been in Britain the past couple of days meeting the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May during his first visit to the UK as President.
Infamously Trump has had plenty to say in the past about Britain including describing London hospitals as ‘war zones’ and claiming the NHS was ‘going broke and not working’.
He has been particularly vocal on Twitter using the platform to voice his opinion that Nigel Farage should be the UK’s Ambassador to the US and complain about the US embassy moving locations in London.
Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Who could also forget the time after a terrorist attack Trump described the perpetrator as a ‘loser’:
Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
But despite what Trump may think of the UK, we are Great Britain and as one woman pointed out online, there are plenty of things us Brits do better than the Americans.
On Quora, a question and answer website, American Ivy Lee responded to the query ‘what do the British do better than the Americans’ with a list of 23 things.
The first three speak for themselves:
They call a hamburger a beef burger because it’s clearly made of beef.
They call soccer football because it’s clearly played with the foot.
They use the SI (measurements) system because so does the rest of the world.
We do like to keep things simple over here in Britain. Why complicate matters?
As Lee then points out, we are also conscious of both health and safety as well as the environment over here in Britain as our ‘sockets can be switched off because it’s easier, safer and more energy efficient’.
Her next point also shows us Brits are more logical:
They look at the day first, as in dd/mm/yy instead of mm/dd/yy because for around 30 days in a row, the month is the same as yesterday.
Let’s be honest, American calendars are just confusing!
Of course food had to be featured on the list as not only does Britain have treats such as afternoon tea, but we are also more conscious of what we are eating.
They have the full English breakfast while we have the full sugar and preservatives cereal.
They have portion control, resulting in higher life expectancy while we have super-sized everything (because why not), resulting in obesity (this is why not).
They make better and greater varieties of chocolates, cheeses, cakes, alcoholic beverages and dishes with questionable names (bubble and squeak, spotted dick, singing hinnies).
They have nice relaxing afternoon teas with custard cream biscuits while we drown ourselves in Starbucks just to maintain functionality.
And it doesn’t stop at custard creams either. We also have bourbons, digestive biscuits and, my personal favourite, Jaffa Cakes…
As Lee then points out, sports that originated in Britain including ‘football, rugby and cricket’ have been ‘adopted internationally’ while American sports ‘reside mainly in America’.
Our government also does a lot for us too:
They have 28 days of paid holiday by law, not including maternity leave, sick leave, etc. while we have zero.
They have free universal healthcare, praised as the best in the world, while we remain the only developed country (out of 33) that doesn’t.
Take that Trump!
Next Lee says ‘they have Charles Darwin on their 10 pound note while we are 42% creationist’ as we just can’t get enough of Darwin’s Origin of Species. What a hero!
Then as she states, we have contributed much more to popular culture too:
They produced Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Chronicles of Narnia, Sherlock Holmes while we produced Twilight.
They produced Adele, David Bowie, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse, Queen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Smiths, The Libertines, The Who? (The British), The Faces, The Waterboys, The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Zombies, The Slits, The Stone Roses, The Cure while we didn’t.
Also let me present to you Oasis:
With our national animal being the great lion and and America’s the bald eagle, it is pretty clear who the winner is here.
Of course Lee’s list couldn’t be complete without making references to how Britain is a polite nation concluding:
They know how to primly and properly queue while we mass frenziedly. They know how to primly and properly apologise, for everything.
They know how to primly and properly drive on the right side (wrong side) of the road.
They know how to appreciate the sun because though the sun never sets in the British empire, it rarely shines in the motherland.
They have a greater grasp of sarcasm, irony, self-deprecating humour and also, the entire English language.
They beat us at politeness and profanity at the same time.
The English accent is more attractive than the American accent. This is just an indisputable fact of nature.
Lee’s final point couldn’t be more true. Let me give you Hugh Grant…
Sorry America, it looks like you have lost this one!
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