dracos wrote:Not true; under 18s in England/Wales need parental consent, but with that you can marry at 16.
Yes, I know it's about parental consent, but I felt I would be boring people by splitting hairs too far. I'm sure all the others here don't care too much. However, some of the inconsistencies are funny - at 16 you can join the Army and get married (without consent, in Scotland), but since film classification is national, you can fight in wars and have children, but aren't allowed to watch an 18-rated film containing sex and violence.
filecore wrote:- different police forces
I don't know what you mean by different here - different in the same way the Met is different from Bedfordshire? http://www.police.uk/forces.htm
Different legal and judicial systems aside, the Scottish Police Federation is an independent entity encapsulating all the Scottish police forces. I suppose it's autonomous in the way that the Scottish parliament is; it's still part of the major UK organisation, but doesn't operate as a single entity except in times of need. (Also, for the benefit of Americans, the Scottish police have never had the traditional English "bobbie's helmet").
filecore wrote:- different histories (the two nations only united in 1707 and there was a failed rebellion in 1745)
That's a silly difference - Manchester has a different history to Sheffield!
I meant, different histories as independent nations, with different rulers, politics etc - Manchester and Sheffield have both been English for a lot longer than the UK has existed. At least, I don't recall reading about Manchester and Sheffield having been independent, but I'll admit I don't know all that much about English history.
The rest of this aside, there are keen cultural, social, linguistic and historical differences enough between Scotland (or Wales, or Northern Ireland) and England to justify not referring to all of the UK as England, which was kind of my point, now that I've dug it out of the pile of nitpicks.