Fat lot of good it does him, having been dead by his own hand (reputedly: a poisoned apple he made himself) for lo, these many years. --Who's next in the make-it-didn't happen sweepstakes, Oscar Wilde?
But quite aside from the talented-Brits-arrested-in-loos count, I note the United Kingdom has the distinct dishono(u)r of having had the world's first computer invented there two or three times -- and killed it on the vine every time. Difference Engine? Never built. Colossus? Taken apart for "security" reasons after the War and so classified you could get in trouble for admitting you'd worked on it. I suppose it could be argued that the Raspberry Pi is their apology to the world.
If they'd treated Newton the same way they treated Babbage and Turing, calculus wouldn't've gotten off the ground until right before World War Two.
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