The Human Truth Foundation

United Kingdom
National Successes and Social Failures

By Vexen Crabtree 2004

#beliefs #Brexit_Party #British_National_Party #france #Reform_UK #UK #UK_christianity #UK_religion #UKIP

UK
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index14th best
CapitalLondon
Land Area 241 930km21
LocationEurope
Population67.1m2
Life Expectancy80.85yrs (2017)3
GNI$37 931 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesGB, GBR, 8265
Internet Domain.uk6
CurrencyPound (GBP)7
Telephone+448

1. Lonely Planet Introduction9

Book CoverTower Bridge, Buckingham Palace... England does icons like no other place on earth, and travel here is a fascinating mix of famous names and hidden gems. ... In the cities, the streets buzz day and night, filled with tempting shops and restaurants, and some of the finest museums in the world. After dark, cutting-edge clubs, top-class theatre and formidable live music provide nights to remember. Next day, you´re deep in the English countryside admiring quaint villages or enjoying a classic seaside resort. There really is something for everyone, whether you´re eight or 80, going solo or travelling with your friends, your kids or your grandma. Travel here is a breeze, and although the locals may grumble (in fact, it´s a national pastime) public transport is very good, and a train ride through the English landscape can be a highlight in itself. Whichever way you get around, in this compact country you´re never far from the next town, pub, restaurant, national park or the next impressive castle on your hit list of highlights.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

From the breathtaking geological wonders of the north coast to the gritty murals of Belfast, Northern Ireland is full of a dramatic beauty that beckons to the traveller. [...] The regional capital, Belfast, has shrugged off its bomb-scarred past and reinvented itself as one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Britain... You can explore the tensions as they´re expressed today on a tour of the iconic neighbourhoods of West Belfast or in the province´s second city, Derry (or Londonderry), which is leading the north´s cultural revival. And it wouldn´t be Ireland if it didn´t have its fair share of stunning landscapes: from the Antrim Coast and its world-famous Giant´s Causeway to the mountains of Mourne in south County Down.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)11

Like a fine single malt, Scotland is a connoisseur´s delight - a blend of stunning scenery and sophisticated cities, salt-tanged sea air and dark peaty waters, outdoor adventure and deep history. Scotland harbours some of the largest areas of wilderness left in Western Europe, a wildlife haven where you can see golden eagles soar above the lochs and mountains of the northern Highlands, spot otters tumbling in the kelp along the shores of the Outer Hebrides, and watch minke whales breach through shoals of mackerel off the coast of Mull. It´s also a land with a rich, multilayered history, a place where every corner of the landscape is steeped in the past - a deserted croft on an island shore, a moor that was once a battlefield, a beach where Vikings hauled their boats ashore, or a cave that once sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)12

The phrase `good things come in small packages´ may be a cliché, but in the case of Wales it´s undeniably true. Compact but geologically diverse, Wales offers myriad opportunities for escaping into nature. It may not be wild in the classic sense - humans have been shaping this land for millennia - but there are plenty of lonely corners to explore, lurking behind mountains, within river valleys and along surf-battered cliffs. An extensive network of paths makes Wales a hiker´s paradise. Even more untamed are the islands scattered just off the coast, some of which are important wildlife sanctuaries. Castles are... absolutely everywhere. You could visit a different one every day for a year and still not see them all.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)13

2. UK National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)14
Pos.Lower is better
Rank14
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
4Germany4
5Denmark5
...
13New Zealand13
14Sweden14
15Liechtenstein15
16UK16
17Japan17
18S. Korea18
Europe Avg38.8
World Avg94.3
q=188.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)15
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $15
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
4Liechtenstein$75 065
5Brunei$72 843
...
23Belgium$41 243
24Finland$38 868
25France$38 085
26UK$37 931
27Japan$37 268
28Bahrain$37 236
Europe Avg$30 457
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
16,17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank16,17
1Norway30.8
2Denmark31.8
3Sweden33.9
4Taiwan34.0
5Netherlands35.0
...
11Iceland39.3
12Switzerland39.8
13Luxembourg40.4
14UK40.7
15Australia42.1
16Japan43.2
Europe Avg60.1
World Avg88.0
q=195.

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others..

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. UK's Demographics

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

The UK's population is predicted to rise to 69.31 million by 2030. This rise is despite a low fertility rate, meaning, that this country is helping to alleviate problems with growing population in neighbouring countries by accepting immigrants, very likely as a requirement of maintaining an active workforce. This country has a fertility rate of 1.87. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
4Indonesia267.7m
5Pakistan212.2m
...
18Turkey82.3m
19Iran81.8m
20Thailand69.4m
21UK67.1m
22France65.0m
23Italy60.6m
Europe Avg14.9m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)15
Pos.Higher is better
Years15
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
4Singapore83.21
5Switzerland83.13
...
24Ireland81.05
25Finland81.01
26Belgium80.98
27UK80.85
28Malta80.73
29Slovenia80.58
Europe Avg78.36
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Fertility Rate (2013)18
Pos.2.0 is best18
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
4France1.99
5Turkey2.04
...
17Denmark1.88
18Bahamas1.88
19Finland1.87
20UK1.87
21New Zealand2.15
22Azerbaijan2.16
Europe Avg1.61
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)19
Pos.Lower is better
Per 10019
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3Chad04.7
4Burkina Faso04.7
5Sierra Leone04.8
...
152Romania33.6
153USA33.8
154New Zealand34.9
155UK35.0
156Barbados35.6
157Lithuania36.0
Europe Avg35.0
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)20
Pos.
%20
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
4Liechtenstein65.1%
5Monaco54.9%
...
39St Kitts & Nevis13.7%
40Seychelles13.6%
41Croatia13.4%
42UK13.4%
43Latvia13.2%
44Spain12.8%
Europe Avg13.7%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)21
Pos.
%21
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
4Grenada65.5%
5St Kitts & Nevis61.1%
...
81Paraguay7.9%
82Russia7.9%
83Mali7.6%
84UK7.5%
85Honduras7.5%
86Austria7.1%
Europe Avg13.4%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #freedom #human_rights #morals #politics #prejudice #tolerance #UK

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)22,23
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank22,23
1Sweden9.9
2Denmark14.7
3Norway15.5
4Netherlands16.5
5New Zealand19.0
...
14Belgium26.1
15Germany26.8
16Uruguay26.9
17UK27.9
18Taiwan28.2
19Spain29.9
Europe Avg51.7
World Avg89.0
q=199.

When it comes to ensuring human rights and freedom, The UK leads the world, setting excellent examples. The UK performs the best in terms of commentary in Human Rights Watch reports24. It comes in the best 20 for supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms25, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice26 (one of the best in Europe) and in LGBT equality27. And finally, it does better than average in terms of opposing gender inequality28, supporting press freedom29, speed of uptake of HR treaties30, its nominal commitment to Human Rights31 (but low for Europe) and in freethought32. There are "significant concerns" for the protections of Brits living abroad, and for long-term EU nationals living in the UK33, as popularist rhetoric surrounding a "no deal" Brexit would result in loss of access to pensions and elements of justice and welfare services for up to 10 million Brits throughout the EU34.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Health

#health #obesity #UK #UK_health

Health (2020)35,36
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank35,36
1Hong Kong18.0
2Singapore41.5
3Maldives43.3
4Japan50.9
5S. Korea52.0
...
48Tunisia80.0
49Slovakia80.1
50Israel80.8
51UK80.9
52Hungary81.0
53Brazil81.0
Europe Avg83.5
World Avg92.3
q=187.

The UK's National Security Risk Assessment output classes the state of the UK public health as a Tier 1 national risk, the most potent of the three categories37. It's a well-known and high-profile issue; half of all science stories in the UK media are medical38 although many of the claims made are dubious38.The UK does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. The UK comes in the best 20 for its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance39. It does better than average in its average life expectancy15, its suicide rate40, its adolescent birth rate28 (but bad for Europe), its fertility rate18 (but bad for Europe) and in its immunizations take-up41. The UK does not succeed in everything, however. The UK does worse than average in terms of its smoking rate42 (yet still one of the best in Europe) and in its alcohol consumption rate43. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

6. UK's Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #it_security #maths #modernity #politics #religion #research #science #technology #the_internet

Compared to Europe (2020)44
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank44
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
4Sweden13.3
5Switzerland14.9
6Estonia14.9
7Czechia15.5
8UK15.8
9Ireland16.4
10Norway16.6
11Germany17.1
12Netherlands18.6
13Austria18.9
Europe Avg33.3
q=44.
Modernity and Learning (2020)44
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank44
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
4Sweden13.3
5Australia14.8
6Switzerland14.9
7Estonia14.9
8Czechia15.5
9New Zealand15.6
10UK15.8
11Ireland16.4
12Norway16.6
13Germany17.1
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Research and Development (2016)
Pos.Higher is better
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2945
2Israel4.1145
3Japan3.5845
4Finland3.1745
5Sweden3.1645
...
18Netherlands1.9745
19Iceland1.8945
20Norway1.7045
21UK1.7045
22Canada1.6145
23Ireland1.5245
Europe Avg1.32
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education (2018)46
Pos.Higher is better46
1Luxembourg100.0%
2Estonia100.0%
3Austria100.0%
4Canada100.0%
5Finland100.0%
...
50Cuba87.4%
51Poland85.3%
52Belgium84.8%
53UK84.5%
54Jordan84.0%
55France83.5%
Europe Avg88.3%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling (2018)47
Pos.Higher is better
Years47
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
4Iceland19.2
5Denmark19.1
...
10Netherlands18.0
11Spain17.9
12Argentina17.6
13UK17.4
14Slovenia17.4
15Greece17.3
Europe Avg16.0
World Avg13.2
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)39
Pos.Lower is better
Rank39
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
4Denmark4
5UK5
6Austria6
7Finland7
8Netherlands8
9Belgium9
10Slovenia10
11Switzerland11
12New Zealand12
Europe Avg31.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)48
Pos.Higher is better
Score48
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
4Macau1582
5Estonia1573
...
20Belgium1508
21Vietnam1507
22Australia1507
23UK1499
24Portugal1491
25France1487
Europe Avg1417
World Avg1389
q=70.
Religiosity (2009)49
Pos.Lower is better
%49
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
4Japan24
5Hong Kong24
6UK27
7France30
8Vietnam30
9Russia34
10Belarus34
11Latvia39
12Luxembourg39
Europe Avg55.2
World Avg75.1
q=114.
IQ (2006)50
Pos.Higher is better50
1Hong Kong108
2Singapore108
3S. Korea106
4Japan105
5Taiwan105
...
11Netherlands100
12Norway100
13Austria100
14UK100
15New Zealand99
16Poland99
Europe Avg96.6
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)51
Pos.Higher is better51
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
4Bermuda97%
5Andorra97%
...
9Netherlands94%
10Sweden93%
11Monaco93%
12UK93%
13Finland93%
14Qatar92%
Europe Avg76.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
Freedom On The Internet (2012)52
Pos.Lower is better52
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
4Australia18
5Hungary19
6Philippines23
7Italy23
8UK25
9S. Africa26
10Argentina26
11Ukraine27
12Brazil27
Europe Avg31.4
World Avg46.7
q=47.
IT Security (2013)53
Pos.Lower is better53
1Ireland0.11
2Luxembourg0.11
3Belize0.11
4Hong Kong0.12
5Mexico0.16
...
58Turkmenistan1.23
59Kazakhstan1.23
60Djibouti1.29
61UK1.34
62Mongolia1.42
63Uganda1.44
Europe Avg0.80
World Avg0.98
q=81.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)54
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio54
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
4USA35.0
5Greece33.5
6Luxembourg32.4
7India26.8
8Portugal26.6
9Ireland26.1
10UK24.7
11Japan22.1
12France18.8
Europe Avg8.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

World Giving Index (2013-2021)55
Pos.Lower is better55
1Myanmar (Burma)2.7
2New Zealand4.0
3USA4.7
4Australia4.9
5Indonesia9.0
6Qatar9.0
7UK9.3
8Ireland9.6
9Canada10.1
10UAE11.6
11Bahrain11.7
12Kenya12.0
Europe Avg75.2
World Avg67.9
q=160.
Corruption (2012-2016)56
Pos.Higher is better
Avg Score56
1Denmark90.8
2New Zealand90.6
3Finland89.4
4Sweden88.2
5Norway86.0
...
11Australia80.8
12Germany79.6
13Iceland79.2
14UK78.0
15Belgium76.0
16Hong Kong75.6
Europe Avg57.63
World Avg43.05
q=176.
Happiness (2018)57
Pos.Higher is better57
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
4Iceland7.5
5Switzerland7.5
...
16Belgium6.9
17Luxembourg6.9
18USA6.9
19UK6.8
20UAE6.8
21Czechia6.7
Europe Avg6.06
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity and Culture (2017)39
Pos.Lower is better
Rank39
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
4Switzerland4
5Sweden5
6Denmark6
7Austria7
8Ireland8
9Czechia9
10Luxembourg10
11UK11
12Portugal12
Europe Avg35.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)39
Pos.Lower is better
Rank39
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
4Netherlands4
5Switzerland5
...
32Barbados32
33Mongolia33
34Spain34
35UK35
36Italy36
37Estonia37
Europe Avg42.6
World Avg82.0
q=163.

8. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

11.1. Statistics

#religion_in_uk

Global Peace Index (2021)58
Pos.Lower is better58
1Iceland1.10
2New Zealand1.25
3Denmark1.26
4Portugal1.27
5Slovenia1.32
...
30Estonia1.61
31Spain1.62
32Italy1.65
33UK1.66
34Taiwan1.66
35Latvia1.69
Europe Avg1.69
World Avg2.08
q=163.
Peacekeeping and Security (2017)39
Pos.Lower is better
Rank39
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
4Egypt4
5Nigeria5
...
45Bolivia45
46Burkina Faso46
47Philippines47
48UK48
49Timor-Leste (E. Timor)49
50Ireland50
Europe Avg84.6
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)39
Pos.Lower is better
Rank39
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
4Sweden4
5Malta5
...
9Denmark9
10Switzerland10
11Canada11
12UK12
13Belgium13
14Italy14
Europe Avg37.8
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism (2019)59
Pos.Lower is better
Score59
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
4Equatorial Guinea0.00
5Cambodia0.00
...
120Bangladesh5.21
121Saudi Arabia5.24
122Ethiopia5.35
123UK5.41
124Burkina Faso5.42
125Myanmar (Burma)5.51
Europe Avg1.62
World Avg2.78
q=150.

11.2. Northern Ireland60

#climate_change #environmentalism #religion_in_uk #UK

Northern Ireland is a portion of the island of Eire that has remained under British rule since, when in the 1920s, the rest of the Island was granted independence as Britain dismantled its empire. The Protestants of Northern Ireland refused to part, claiming by majority that they would remain part of the UK despite the mainland's wish to leave. The resulting conflict has had the British government pinned down, with feelings running very deep on all sides and militant actions by freedom fighters, terrorists and even government forces all stirring the "the troubles". Sometimes intense criticism of Britain comes from Irish voices who either want the UK out, sometimes it comes from those who want to stop the UK from leaving. It's a no-win situation. At its worst, it verged on civil war, and at its best, peace is obtained largely because both sides have stopped making progress, and the adherence to common EU markets meant that borders could be ignored.

The 'troubles' began in 1968 when a civil rights movement created by the Roman Catholic minority flared into violent protest in Londonderry. [...] The IRA's campaign extended even to the mainland, where not only army establishments, but civilian targets too, were attacked with bombs.

"Conflict in Peace 1963-1999" by John Strawson (1994)61

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #deforestation #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)62
Pos.Higher is better
%62
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
4Kuwait+81.2
5Dominican Rep.+79.5
...
34Chile+16.2
35Hungary+14.0
36Morocco+13.7
37UK+13.2
38Denmark+12.6
39Lithuania+12.1
Europe Avg+15.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance (2018)63
Pos.Higher is better63
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
4Malta80.9
5Sweden80.5
6UK79.9
7Luxembourg79.1
8Austria79.0
9Ireland78.8
10Finland78.6
11Iceland78.6
12Spain78.4
Europe Avg69.6
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency (2014)64
Pos.Higher is better64
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
4Colombia17.54
5Ireland17.54
...
11Denmark14.93
12Peru14.49
13Uruguay14.08
14UK13.89
15Costa Rica13.51
16Philippines13.51
Europe Avg09.80
World Avg09.29
q=119.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
4Vanuatu1993 Dec 29
5Papua New Guinea1993 Dec 29
...
58Luxembourg1994 Aug 07
59Georgia1994 Aug 31
60Egypt1994 Aug 31
61UK1994 Sep 01
62Chad1994 Sep 05
63Gambia1994 Sep 08
Europe Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment (2011)65
Pos.Higher is better
%65
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
4Trinidad & Tobago74.5%
5Costa Rica74.2%
...
122Netherlands23.0%
123Finland22.9%
124Congo, DR22.8%
125UK22.6%
126Malawi22.0%
127UAE20.8%
Europe Avg33.6%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.

Taking into account the long-term costs of climate change, it is the Green Party in the UK that are pushing for the most sensible policies on combatting climate change. Equally unsurprisingly, closest to them are the centrist Liberal Democrats. Unfortunately, these two parties do not enjoy a great many voters. Although the Labour Party do have some good policies, it's the Conservative party, which has been in power more than any other party in recent decades, that sets the rules. They are held back by leadership that lacks an ethical framework, and, a large number of climate skeptics. Many of its politicians are influenced directly by fossil fuel contributions to the party and some of these congrgate in the backwards "Global Warming Policy Foundation", members including climate idiots such as Nigel Lawson and Steve Baker66.

Even worse than the Conservatives are the UK's true denialists, who can be found in fringe parties such as UKIP67, the racist British National Party (who describe the global evidence for climate change as a 'left wing conspiracy')67 and Reform UK (a rebranding of the Brexit Party). Thankfully these parties have little influence.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #social_development

Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)68
Pos.Higher is worse68
184Chad40.90
183Central African Rep.40.10
182Sierra Leone39.00
181Somalia38.90
180Nigeria37.10
...
32Poland4.30
31Croatia4.30
30Hungary4.20
29UK4.10
28Germany3.80
27France3.80
Europe Avg4.86
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)69
Pos.Lower is better
%69
1Ukraine25.0
2Belarus25.4
3Slovenia25.4
4Czechia25.9
5Moldova25.9
...
41Tunisia32.8
42Mali33.0
43Bosnia & Herzegovina33.0
44UK33.2
45Pakistan33.5
46Armenia33.6
Europe Avg31.5
World Avg38.1
q=152.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#afterlife #belief #buddhism #christianity #god #heaven #hell #hinduism #islam #judaism #religion #religion_in_uk #universalism

Religion in the United Kingdom: Diversity, Trends and Decline: Statistical and analytical review of mainstream and minority faiths in the UK

Religiosity (2009)49
Pos.Lower is better
%49
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
4Japan24
5Hong Kong24
6UK27
7France30
8Vietnam30
9Russia34
10Belarus34
11Latvia39
12Luxembourg39
World Avg75.1
q=114.
Disbelief In God (2007)70
Pos.Higher is better
%70
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
4Czechia61
5Estonia49
6Denmark48
7France44
8Belgium43
9Netherlands42
10Germany42
11UK42
12Cuba40
World Avg9.9
q=137.

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below71:

Christian71.1%
Muslim4.4%
Hindu1.3%
Buddhist0.4%
Folk Religion0.3%
Jew0.5%
Unaffiliated21.3%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 76% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (42%). This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 78% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 27% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

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The Afterlife: Ipsos-NA in 2011 gathered some statistics on UK72. Despite the large numbers of Christians, not many have traditional beliefs in the afterlife - just 10%. More people don't know what to believe (32%). Some believe that upon death, you simply cease to exist (31%). Also, 3% specifically believe in heaven but not in hell (which is nice - making them possible "universalists"). 5% believe in reincarnation.

With over 170 distinct religions counted, the religious make-up of the UK is diverse, complex and multicultural. The 2011 Census shows that minority and alternative religions are steadily growing, as is Islam (at 5% of the population). Less than half of the British people believe in a god and from 2009 the annual British Social Attitudes results has revealed that over 50% aren't religious73. A 2014 YouGov poll saw 77% of the British public say they're not very, or not at all, religious74. Comprehensive professional research in 2006 by Tearfund found that 66% of the people of the UK have no connection with any religion or church75.

However, people continue to put down what they think is their "official" religion on official forms. As a result of this Census Effect in the 2011 National Census, 59.3% of us put their religion down as "Christian"76. Half of those who say they have no religion to pollsters still put one down on the 2011 Census. Even despite this, Christian numbers are substantially down from the 2001 figure of 72%. Religion in Britain has suffered an immense general decline since the 1950s. Between 1979 and 2005, half of all Christians stopped going to church on a Sunday. Four in five Britons want religion to be private, not public, and have no place in politics77. All indicators show a continued secularisation of British society in line with other European countries such as France.

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12. Christian Child Abuse in the UK (partial coverage up until 2008)78

The United Kingdom has seen many cases of paedophile priests, including many cases where Bishops and other senior Christians have protected paedophiles, moving them from post to post when accusations surface.

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13. Brexit

#belgium #brexit #EU #france #netherlands #politics #UK

The UK's population faced a referendum in June 2016 on membership of the EU. The results were very close, with Leave winning by just a 2% margin (37% Voted Leave, 35% Voted Remain), but many news (and government) outlets scale up the difference by ignoring the "don't knows", and citing "Leave" as "the will of the people"84.

Also in June 2016, the EU appointed Michel Barnier to lead a team of legal experts. A full year later, he complained that the UK had still not appointed a representative to talk to him85. The UK arrived late and unprepared for negotiations, and engaged in a series of embarrassing and harmful name-calling tactics, publicly insulting the very people they were trying to negotiate with86. A month into talks, and Mr Barnier is still trying to ascertain what the UK's stance is on most issues87. The UK government has been surprised by simple facts: It argued that Euratom's treaty only covers uranium even whilst its own scientific advisors cried out that hospitals need Euratom to source medical isotopes from Belgium, the Netherlands and France as the UK doesn't have the specialist nuclear reactors to make its own88. And as July 2017 drew to a close, the UK government finally thought to commission a year-long investigation on the economic and employment ramifications of losing EU workers. Most other responsible governments would have engaged in a fact-finding mission before making the most important decision made for 40 years. Even in 2019, when a last minute "here are the effects you need to prepare for" document was released, the title of the document was "[Insert title of report]".

Most of the prominent "Brexiteers" have themselves exited the scene89, leaving a void filled with politicians who are pursuing a policy they don't think is good for their own country.

But before the people rise up against all this disorganisation, it is worth noting that it is not just Conservative politicians who are uninformed about the EU; in 2016 researchers found that the UK's citizens were the least knowledgeable about the EU90. After the vote, humorously, data released by Google shows that ... well, the Washington Post summarized it the best: "The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it". The UK has suffered from many high-profile long-term campaigns ran by sensationalist newspapers that have managed to misinform the masses on almost every aspect of EU involvement with the UK91,92.

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