The truth often is.
Here's a test - quickly pick, at random, 10 pictures of English designed boats.
It's a safe bet that at least 7 of them will be children only a mother could love.
I know there are exceptions but they ARE exceptions. The vast majority of them are just plain butt ugly.
I could of course simply throw ten of William Fife's designs into the mix and sit back with a smug expression on my dial.
That of course would be unfair to Illingworth and Primrose, Holman and Pye, Rob Humphries, the Nicholson Brothers, Maurice Griffiths (one of those pics from Dylan is a Griffiths I think), Robert Clarke and Laurent Giles to name but a few.
To boot, the Brits managed to come up with things like HMS Dreadnought that give a hint as to their abilities.
In the automotive world while it is fair to say that Lucas electronics and the odd oil leak were ahem, features of the post WWII Brit motor any country that can come up with the odd Bentley, Aston Martin or Jaguar cannot be all that bad. (I will of course try and pretend that I havn't noticed Morris Minors, Triumph Heralds, Ford Prefects or Standard 8s)
Oh yes .... and of course we could include the Spitfire and the Mosquito.
So, yes, don't be a meany. Poor wee Brits. Of course we down here can be charitable .... we are flogging 'em at cricket again, alls right with the world.