In the wake of statistics about the large proportion of Britons who are dejected, apathetic and eager to emigrate, I thought I'd set up a miniature TSR poll - to see what's bothering young people in the UK about this country.
So, as a complement to the poll, what do you hate about Britain?
I just find it depressing. I find the dejection a vicious circle, as glumness begets glumness, almost. We have so little pride in ourselves, our local communities and our country as a whole. I'm not one for flag-waving patriotism, but a basic sense of taking pride in where you live seems to be missing in Britain. This is, of course, compounded and fuelled by our problems with high costs of living, a poor education system prior to university and a lack of jobs. We're a despondent little island, and I just don't find it pleasant to live here.
That being said, I'm not planning to leave. I do love this country, for better or for worse. It's not a matter of being a patriot or a nationalist - just a sense that my community is worth saving, rather than abandoning (not that I cast judgement on those who leave - there are quite a few reasons to).
Self-righteous attitudes. "I am more important than you/ I deserve that more than you/ get out of my way" ugh people are just rude it drives me crazy, I wish British people would be more polite and respect one another a bit more. A lot of people seem to think they are entitled to everything on a plate.
British people and culture are generally great, and our lack of national pride makes me extremely proud.
Having lived abroad, newspapers like the Mail that try to make Britain a less tolerant place.
Where I live there is strong national pride, which is fine, but there is also greater acceptance of attitudes towards minorities in society which, as someone who's grown up in Britain, are shocking, but which pass without comment.
I hate the disrespectful, inbred, no-future teenagers that wash around the lower echelons of society like so much fecal matter.
Btw you've missed a few points on the poll (though I guess there's a limit to how many choices you can get down there before it's useless) but I don't mind immigration levels whatsoever, I mind the limp-wristed attitude our country has towards deporting immigrants that cross the line.
In dubai the police force and legal system is somewhat feared, and in reality it makes it a better place to live.
Obviously there'll be some who are innocent yet fall on the wrong side and suffer, but there's no youth yobs, hardly any violence, immigrants serve jail terms and are then deported without question. They are simply thrown out.
Whereas in the UK there'd be a bloody year of appeal ****, and then there'd be the criminal trying to claim human rights violations and all sorts of crap. Our society is lacking in steel, and it's resulting in Britain becoming a gelatinous goo of pansies.
Last edited by Architecture-er; 18-04-2012 at 11:10.