(Original post by Bobo1234)
Creationism and fundamentalism is on the rise, and as much as people enjoy knocking the USA for its citizens' supposed naivete re. the outside world, Britain is at best hot on their tail.
I fail to see how this relates to this. what is your point here?
Just thought I'd bundle one up to make it easier for the foaming anti-Americans to quote.
Society seems content to allow the political class to bury any trace of privacy and liberty (the supposed bedrock of our culture!) under masses of scaremongering bureaucracy.
This isn't OUR fault! it's the government's- most Brit's OBJECT to this, you fool
Do you not hear people, day-in day-out, "I've done nothing wrong so I've got nothing to hide"? The ones who object to it are of course the more vocal, but various polls (with a few notable exceptions) have shown Brits to be in favour of the ID card scheme. What's more, if they OBJECT to it, why do they do absolutely nothing?
Our teen pregnancy rates are phenomenal, and not a little embarrassing.
How does this make us socially backward? It's bad, yes, but not socially backward
This seems to be absolutely exemplary of social backwardness to me.
Our tourists are the most loathed in the world; every nation holds a special sort of contempt for 'Brits abroad'; where does this lack of respect come from? Is it the result of our obsession with binge-drinking, or something else?
Yes, it comes from the binge drinking- but we're not actually that loathed, I went to Spain last summer, and everyone was really nice (I stayed with a Spanish family in Madrid)
We are that loathed. If we're going on anecdotes, I have lived all over the world, and everywhere that gets any volume of them hates British tourists.
Expedia once did a poll where Brits came out as the world's most hated, with -44; second to last was Israelies with -6 : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2137729.stm
taboo even to seriously back the notion that drugs or prostitution would be better off legalised and regulated, for any reason.
Umm, what?? Amsterdam is pretty much the only place where things like drugs are fully legalised, so on that basis pretty much the entire world is socially backward?
I'm talking about the debate, which, in a country that supposedly champions liberty, is altogether absent in mainstream society and politics. Please read what I write.
Racial tensions are rife in a great many areas, but nothing is done, and nobody in power seems ready to admit this is the case.
Case in point: FRANCE, look what happened in Paris 3 years ago!
Mm, not all the problems are unique to Britain, of course, but the severity and mixture of many of them is.
Also, the French go mental and riot over absolutely everything.
A great number of the population are openly racist and homophobic, yet we consider ourselves a progressive and modern culture.
a great number, not ALL. Just like in most countries, the bigots are outnumbered by the normal people, and our society becomes less homophobic by the year- we just legalised civil partnerships for chrissake!
Not so sure about this, but it's kind of hard to find statistics or evidence for that claim - I'll just have to tell you, I think your spectacles are excessively rosy!