The vast majority of MPs in Britain have more knowlege of international politics than president Bush. Or at least have the common sense to pay someone who has to reduce the number of gaffs they make. I am not saying that, because most Swiss and Welsh etc people are bilingual. I am saying that there will never be as much in common between two countries which speak different languages than between two people who speak the same first language because there is a culture and philosophy ingrained in that language. I am saying that languages are an essential part of the knowledge of an educated person for this reason, and that visiting countries which use different languages important. ESPECIALLY for those who intend to be leaders of developed nations, such as america.
Would anyone actually contend that there is less cultural diversity in Europe than in the US???
We are closer to that than to France, where the government is just socialism under a different name and all businesses fail because of it. And I didnt just mean the politics I meant the culture. We are always the first behind america to develop obesity and anorexia problems, we listen to a lot of american music (far more than we listen to european). A lot of american businesses come into the UK. We watch a lot of american television etc. The culture in Europe is totally different. The attitude to suing people for stupid reasons, divorce rates etc are also more similar between Britain and america than Britain and Europe. When the UN decides not to do something, Britain ignores them and goes with america. And yes, I think Europeans ARE more cultured because of easy geographical access to foreign countries. But its not just about travel. Every american child knows american history inside out upside down and back to front. However on a tourist trip I went on in the UK ( and these are the americans who DO travel) along the river cam in cambridge, one person was surprised that the university buildings were pre-war. One extremely clever american on the oxford forum did not know that Britain doesnt use the euro. I dont particularly care if you think that america is great and that other countries are not worth learning about. I dont care if you dont bother to learn a language. it is fine that your president doesnt know much about relevant world affairs. However, we WILL get offended. We WILL dislike you for it, and we WILL have a thoroughly jolly time ridiculing you for it.
Why in the world would we WANT to go to other countries when people like Ally are there?
Let's see here: 2,000 dollars for three days to see people like Ally who will no doubt ruin our trip. 2,000 dollars to Florida to see Mickey Mouse for 10 days to make memories that will last a lifetime.
How many trips to the United States have you made Ally?