“California has overtaken Britain to become the fifth biggest economy in the world in its own right. …”
as opposed to:
“In comparison, Britain’s growth has slowed to a virtual standstill in the first three months of 2018, hitting just 0.1 per cent in the first quarter.
Chancellor Philip Hammond blamed the sluggish performance on bad weather but the Office for National Statistics said that had been only a minor factor.
A contraction in construction, weak manufacturing growth and a squeeze on consumer spending led to the weakest economic activity in the country for five years.”
To paraphrase Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz:
“Devon and Somerset ain’t California, Toto”!