We might be susceptible in this country to American influences, more than somewhat, and even suffer from cultural cringe, particularly where light entertainment or language is concerned. But when it comes to the serious stuff, say, gun laws, national health services, or abortion rights, we are instantly reminded of how far removed we are in mindset from the United States.

The ongoing conflict over birth control has divided Americans, as do the other issues above, but it is a debate we would simply not be having here.

In fact, when the news was leaked earlier this week of the US Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe vs Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalised women’s right to abortion, the initial reaction among Britons was most likely shock.