What is so positive about the Queen and the Royal Family ? Isn't her husband prone to stupid gaffes and wasn't Charles famous for referring to the President of China as a wax work? Yeah really proud where someone who is supposedly educated makes dumb remarks like that. Its no wonder she is trying to stay as long as she can.
One doesn't have to go the way of a meaningless President. Approach a system like the French or the Russians where both exercise a degree of power.
Stay in the antiquated system like as it is, then be prepared to be thought of as living in the dark ages where Imperialism ruled.
Before that it was Jeltsin's way, a long time before that it was Breshnev's way and a long time before that it was Stalin's way.
While I applaud Gorbatchov for what he stood for achieved internationally, he unfortunately failed bitterly in his own country making way for Jeltsin, the ex KGB and so on.
Oh and GB play as one team at the Olympics (though there was a lot of resistance especially from the Scots).
Another point following on from that is that although the Scots are going for a referendum on independence it would still be with the Queen as head of state.
The GB Olympics team represents England, Scotland, Wales AND Northern Ireland. I think it's just become easier to shorten it to GB.
If we're going down the Scotland wants a referendum route, it might be interesting to mention the Isle of Man since they're part of the British Isles but not part of the European Union. And yes, Isle of Man are included in the Olympic team (represented this year by Mark Cavendish in cycling).
As for the rest of this thread, anyone who thinks the British aren't patriotic clearly knows nothing about the British.