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    US vs. UK

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    Hi! Could you you please suggest what White House's British counterpart is?

    Which one is proper? I refer to their functions for the formulas as below. I choose No. 3.

    #1 White House = Whitehall
    #2 White House = Downing Street
    #3 Whte House = Downing Street + Whitehall


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    Re: US vs. UK

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Could you you please suggest what White House's British counterpart is?

    Which one is proper? I refer to their functions for the formulas as below. I choose No. 3.

    #1 White House = Whitehall
    #2 White House = Downing Street
    #3 Whte House = Downing Street + Whitehall
    This goes back to a previous discussion.

    The President's equivalent in the UK is the Queen as Head of State, so Buckingham Palace is equivalent to the White House

    The Prime Minister is the head of the Government, whose official office and private residence are both at 10 Downing Street, which is where the Cabinet meet.

    The seat of government as an institution is in Whitehall.

    "Downing Street" indicates that it is the Prime Minister's office that is making this plea.

    Like so many things, there is no direct equivalent. "Downing Street" and "The White House" are both (in a sense) abstracts representing the point from which political directives are issued, therefore #2 is the best.

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    Re: US vs. UK

    Good morning, Anglika. Thank you.

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