Focus I: Social Fault Lines in 21st Century Britain

How much can a country change and still remain the same country? It is a question the British have asked themselves more than most in the 21st century. Since the “fabulous forties”, this once great imperial power has been through history’s version of an “absolute makeover”, relinquishing its colonies one by one, reluctantly embracing Europe and then seeking a divorce from it, and now perhaps facing the prospect of the dismantlement of the UK.

Read more in Access to English: Social Studies, pp. 246-258. Then work with the tasks in the textbook and here on the website.

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Breaking Point: The Crisis in Britain’s Hospitals

Short documentary from BBC Newsnight.

British pubs are disappearing - here's why

CNBC reports.