Prime Minister or prime minister?

Hi, in the June issue of your magazine, in the “Where are they now?” article about Tony Blair, the word “Prime Minister” is always written with lower case letters. Shouldn’t it be written with capital letters? Clara.

As is often the case in English, the rules are less precise than in Italian, but usually, if we’re talking about the current prime minister, David Cameron, then we would write “the Prime Minister”, but if we are referring to prime ministers in the past or in general, then we could write “prime minister”. According to another school of thought, however, it should always be “Prime Minister”. To be honest, English mother tongue speakers tend to worry about this sort of thing rather less than Italians do!

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