Talk:Broken Britain

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Firstly it's not only tabloid newspapers that use the term nowadays. The Guardian, for example, made a series of articles titled "Is Britain Broken?" and it's a term one hears in everyday conversation (in the UK obviously). Of course the term "Broken Britain" is used seriously by the tabloids and somewhat mockingly by the broadsheets. In usage notes there should be reference made to the fact that it was many members of the Conservative Party who first developed the term (David Cameron being probably the most obvious and unrelenting), and the Sun newspaper who popularised it (after choosing to back the Tories in the 2010 election). Furthermore I see "broken" in lowercase just as often as uppercase; should it be "broken Britain"? Should the evolution of term from the Conservative Party (evolving from Broken Society etc.) be included in the etymology? —JakeybeanTALK 23:46, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

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Broken Britain[edit]

The two cites given spell this term in lowercase. This gives me severe doubts on the idiomaticity of this term. -- Liliana 21:31, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

It's a bit of a political catchphrase right now. I wonder if this weren't alliterative would we even consider including this, e.g. would we speedy delete Broken Ireland of Broken France? --Mglovesfun (talk) 22:35, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
I added this entry and can't really remember why. I can assure you it's been a big catchphrase in UK newspapers in recent years, though, with the capitalisation you'd prefer to see. Equinox 21:10, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Kept as no consensus. — Ungoliant (Falai) 18:56, 12 August 2012 (UTC)


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Not cited with the capitalization given. All given cites cite broken Britain, not this. -- Liliana 18:58, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

Cited, also created a broken Britain page. Smurrayinchester (talk) 07:40, 13 August 2012 (UTC)
Passed as cited. Feel free to re-RFD it in the hope more people will vote this time. - -sche (discuss) 00:35, 15 October 2012 (UTC)


RFV verifies that the string exists, not that it is idiomatic. I would re-RFD this... - -sche (discuss) 23:29, 22 October 2012 (UTC)