Ok, a moment of reflection... Back in the 18th Century, when America rebelled & won independance, they wanted to be 'free'. A group of people drew up a document which guaranteed that the guys in 18th Century America would have a very different government system to that current in Britain. Essentailly, there was no king, and they could tell their government what to do (mostly via voting) - which was essentially the problem with the 18th Century British system. However, they were still subject to the law, they still paid taxes, etc etc. Now, in the 21st Century, Britain no longer has a ruling monarchy (we have a monarchy, but they do not rule!), and people can & do tell the government what to do (mostly via voting). We still hang on to our traditions, like being a 'subject of the crown', but these are fairly meaningless in reality - other than to bring tourists. So the difference is... btw - who authorised the founding fathers to write the Constitution? I've always wondered - and would like to know.