As a Brit myself, it is easy to wonder if all that talk about ‘we do it best’ is just national pride. Is it just us Brits thinking that we do it best, but in fact the rest of the world think that others do it better? Inevitably this has to be true in some cases. I am sure that other nations with their own individual national pride will probably think the same - and indeed may well object to some of the claims in this little article, but what can I say? National pride is national pride, and that is something that Brits do very well!
So what are some of the main industries or specialist areas that Brits can legitimately lay claim to being the best at? And what (dare I say) do Brits claim to be the best at but most probably are not…
We may not have the best equipped military forces in the world - only the Americans can really claim this. In fact, the US government’s spend on their military dwarves the economies of much of the world’s nations. However, the British military are possibly the best trained in the world. We also have the best anti-terrorism unit in the Special Air Service. Maybe it is a bit of British grit, but we do highly trained military forces incredibly well. Plus BAE systems creates some of the best equipment available. But let us not dwell on such morbid matters.
Maybe it is the long history that underpins this country that has lent a helping hand to our craftsmen. Multiple generations of families have been perfecting the skills needed for carpentry and other specialist crafts. Now I realise that it might appear that this type of skill is dying out, with the economic crisis reducing demand for high quality luxury goods, but it has not yet died. There are small boutique companies in Britain that are producing some exquisite and intricate items. Whether it be luxuriously carved dining tables, or custom made cars, us Brits sure do create some stunning pieces and websites like Beyond Bespoke are showcasing the very best of these luxury brands. I really hope that these skills are not lost over the coming generations!
Bit of a strange one I know. But I have met various individuals that claim Britain produces the best sausages in the world (mostly farmers I must say). I am of the personal view that our farmers produce some seriously darn good sausages, but I am far too partial to the German Bratwurst. My personal taste, but I would argue that the Germans are the rulers of the global sausage world!
Just a snapshot of some of the ways in which Brits claim to be the best in the world. Obviously there are loads more - for instance at the moment we seem to be dominating the world of cycling having won the tour de france twice in a row and Boardman Bikes being named best bike of the year. On the flipside we are probably slightly deluded on some accounts but one thing is for sure, we do high quality luxury very well indeed.