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1. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

after living in the UK for 2 years, i get a feeling that the UK, in John Reids altered words, 'not fit for happiness'.

i see problems everwhere. the people are too fat, too broke from overspending their money that is borrowed by irresponsible banks. overall, british people are in debt by 1 trillion pounds. that is a lot of money.

a lot of indigenous people here are not choosing to work, just feeding of the government's generous welfare system. these economically-inactivitive people are costing the country dear.

the youth are a complete waste of time and space, and they are really unruly. there is no respect for the elders.

i get a feeling of gloom in this country. what do you think?

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

I think you've been in the UK too long - and most likely, by the sentiment you seem to be expressing, in a big city like London. I think most of us who have lived in the UK for more than a year have felt the same way at some point in time.

I agree that there certianly are problems in the UK, but then there are problems in many, many countries around the world, and it's important not to tarnish everyone with the same brush. There is also some great things about the UK and some wonderful, happy people. How long since you've taken a break from the UK and spent a few weeks soaking up the sun and meeting people in another country?

Maybe you just need a holiday, or some time in the countrside towns, to get a better perspective?

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

That is a very negative negative point of view. There are two sides to every coin.

Yes there are lots who because they live in the UK are able to make the most (and millions do!) of a very very good welfare state programme of benefits the like of which no other country almost in the world receive. But it is also true for those other millions of us who go out to work we work the longest hours in Europe.

Again saying the youth are a complete waste of space, unruly and with no respect for their elders is a generalisation - yes there are many that should be conscripted off into one the the services to ram some respect into the but there are other kids out there (likely the ones up to their eyes in exams right now) who are thinking of the future and what part they can play in society.

Try not to look for the bad side - look to the good which is out there if you look hard enough!

On an aside - l dont see what this thread has to do with the EUROPE travel forum as it is more of a viewpoint inviting opinions therefore l am moving it over into Off Topic

Heather

[ Edit: correcting spelling mistakes! ]

4. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

at this point, i sense there's something amiss in your life. everywhere to which place we go there's bound to be some imperfect paintings as indeed we're not superhumans. my strongest belief is that even a leader or a prime minister can make a wrong decision at one point that is costly for it's country people, how much more about us.

i'll be heading to england soon, i wouldn't know how true it may be though this is not going to bother me. i remember where i'm from, a country which is not perfect either with social ills and prejudice issues to name a few, yet i believe my country the servant leaders are working to fight them.

though you didn't ask me this, but i'm just gonna say you probably got carried away with much emotions and it can be put in a more constructive way. a friend once said, "how you want your life to be depends on how you paint it." start from within ourselves first, how can i contribute to make a small difference even if it's not a country of my belonging?

5. Posted by Fun Bobby (Budding Member 115 posts) 9y

"ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country"

JFK.

6. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

I have to guess that you're living in a big city like London or some other. I've been to the UK for work, no pleasure and I agree it can get a bit gloomy with all work and no play. But I was in London for the most part.

The countryside is entirely different and doesn't make you feel the same as in a big city. Its like two different worlds. But I believe we'll see this all over the world, in any country.

You probably need a break, a long break.

7. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member 91 posts) 9y

Quoting GerryKhong

after living in the UK for 2 years, i get a feeling that the UK, in John Reids altered words, 'not fit for happiness'.

i see problems everwhere. the people are too fat, too broke from overspending their money that is borrowed by irresponsible banks. overall, british people are in debt by 1 trillion pounds. that is a lot of money.

a lot of indigenous people here are not choosing to work, just feeding of the government's generous welfare system. these economically-inactivitive people are costing the country dear.

the youth are a complete waste of time and space, and they are really unruly. there is no respect for the elders.

i get a feeling of gloom in this country. what do you think?

Mate, if you think the UK is THAT bad maybe you should move elsewhere....

8. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

With all due respect, what an absolute nonsense!!

I Am from the UK and verrryy happy!

Admittedly, there are problems of the sort that you mentioned, but to blame the whole of the UK? Talk about sweeping generalisations! The sort of problems that you referred to are prevalent in many parts of the western world, unfortunately...

May be all the gloom is in your mind! and may be IT needs examining... ;)

What is the point of this thread anyway? May be you are homesick?

What parts of the UK did you visit?

Have a good day...

9. Posted by garry moll (Budding Member 348 posts) 9y

hey gerry. what a load of cobblers, tripe, codswallop and trash.
but guess what you are entitled to your opinion.only thing you got right is the fat bit....im too fat but thats about it.
however have you managed the last two years living in such a terrible place
and more to the point why have you stayed for two years if its that bad.

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

I've got a bit fatter over the past few months. Still like the UK though, and I'm pretty happy with it after 26 years....