Mary Wakefield

Why don't my generation care if Britain fails?

Or: how my best and nicest friends are to blame for long-term unemployment

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

In my late thirties, I have become patriotic. It’s one of those things that’s happened with age, like cooking to freeze, plumping cushions and thinking policemen look too young. My heart stirs at the sound of a marching band and at the thought of great British inventions: the London sewer system, steam engines, float glass. On the slimmest pretext I’ll start lamenting the decline of our great industries and tell you that too often our brightest ideas are developed abroad.

On most subjects, as we get older, my friends and I agree. On marriage and mortgages; grey hair and aching knees, but on Britain and its place in the world I am alone. Just a squeak from me in support of Britain, or British business, and my friends look taken aback, then almost appalled. It’s not just my friends, it’s their friends too — almost anyone my age I meet, and frankly I feel confused.

It happened again the weekend before last with my best and most beloved girl friends walking the Cleveland Way south to Whitby from Saltburn-by-the-Sea. We rustled through the rain dressed in plastic head to toe, past the whale-shapes of mud left behind by alum mines, down the potash steam-train tracks. Because of where we were, talk turned to industry.

Soon I found myself well under way. I had declared my conviction that the embers of British brilliance still burn under all the suffocating bureaucracy and was beginning on some of our most promising industries when I looked around. My friends’ heads had retreated deep inside their hoods, their faces tight with distaste. At Staithes, where James Cook first dreamed of setting sail, we had it out. I said: it’s exciting, Britain could be a contender! They said: but what’s so great about leading the world? Don’t we all compete too much? It’d be better if we just relaxed. One friend said Cameron was right to want to measure general wellbeing, not GDP. Another said Britain had had its day. We don’t need to be best; let other countries have a chance. The grey sea roared at my back, my woollen hat was solid with mizzle and I lost heart.

Late that night, in the Whitby youth hostel, I turned the matter over in my mind. These are bright, educated women, some left-wing, some right. They’re the sort who once would have manned the war effort and cracked codes, so what’s this will to decline? And forgive me, my friends, but isn’t it irresponsible? It’s easy to be sniffy about ‘economic growth’ when you’re not struggling to make ends meet. All around us, in Yorkshire and the north-east, the old industries have failed; in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Newcastle. Whitby was once a fishing town, built on shipbuilding and whaling, later jet-mining. These days it relies on tourism, and goths drawn to Dracula who hang out in the cliff-top church. But tourism’s a washy business, leaving ghost towns when the tourist tide goes out, and goths don’t exactly pay.

Unemployment in London may be falling but hereabouts it’s stubborn as a goat. The statistics tell a familiar story every month: jobs in the south but not in the north-east. Less than 2 per cent are on jobseekers’ allowance in the south-east, nearly three times that here. We slept that night surrounded by people longing for business; to compete. So why is ‘too much competition’ my generation’s cri de coeur?

Come morning, I had two answers, and one of them was guilt. My friends don’t all have easy lives by any stretch, but compared with jobseekers in the north-east, they’re well off. Guilt about their luck in life has shaped a reflex to be ‘nice’. They think workers should be liberated from unpleasant jobs; they show solidarity with the poor by despising ‘profit’.

We’re told so often of the evils of the empire and industry that it’s become natural to demur: oh, don’t worry, these days Britain knows its place. Those of us who are comfortable as a result of our forebears’ success perhaps feel this most sharply. Is there a sense also in which we feel that we’re now citizens of the world, that Whitby, less needy than Nairobi, can suck it up? I hope not. We must care for those nearest first, or become monsters.

The second problem is one of mental pictures — most arguments are over not facts but the images we conjure up. My friends, like many in government now, grew up in the late 1980s and 1990s, disgusted with greed and bling. Just the word ‘business’ gives them a picture of a life half-lived; of clone-fields of commuters seething over to Canary Wharf like soldiers off to perish for the sake of GDP. The word ‘profit’ provokes an image of some insufferable Tory lording it over serfs, or of oligarchs, or bankers earning out of all proportion to their skill. No wonder they wince.

My picture, the one I’d cram into their collective heads if I could, is of Rita Britton. Rita’s from Barnsley, south as the crow flies from Whitby, then west down the Humber. I met Rita by chance once, and I’ve thought of her often since. She’s a one-woman answer to my friends.

Rita was born in the 1940s and as a girl worked for a paper mill. Paper, linen, coal and glass made Barnsley great. She liked the mill, she said, but in the mid-1960s, aged 23 and mad on fashion, she saw a gap in the market. She called the designer Ossie Clark from a phone box and persuaded him to let her stock his clothes, took out a loan and opened Polly-anna, now Britain’s oldest independent fashion retailer, still cutting-edge and expanding all the time. There’s now a Pollyanna restaurant, a cafe, a gallery.

The point isn’t Rita’s success so much as her experience and her perspective. Rita’s a lifelong Labour supporter, working-class, in love with Barnsley and Britain too. Where the graceful decliners say Barnsley needs wellbeing, Rita says it urgently needs more jobs. Where they rail against cuts in benefits, Rita says welfare dependency is suffocating her town. Her beef with Miliband is that he’s going to make it harder to sack people, which would please most of my friends, but not Rita: it’ll kill off small business, she thinks, set us right back. She says: ‘Society is deteriorating and we’re not getting to grips with the real problems. I’ve voted Labour all my life, but I can’t stand political correctness. Political correctness is just a plaster.’

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  • Did we invent float glass? Someone at Pilkington once told me they bought the patent from a German

    • evad666

      How about we add the Jet Engine, Digital Computer, Steam Engine, Automatic coal face equipment, Geostationary Communication Satellite, Radar Network, Penicillin, Cavity Magnetron.

      • Ted Cunterblast

        Not to mention Cheddar Cheese, Pancakes, and the Sandwich.

    • Jimmy R

      The first method of creating a continuous production of glass was invented by Sir Henry Bessemer, an Englishman, who also developed a method of producing large quantities of inexpensive steel, just two of his many important developments.

      The Float Glass method of creating glass was invented by Sir Alastair Pilkington and Kenneth Bickerstaff of Pilkington Brothers in St Helens and patented by them in the mid 1950s.

      The ‘Not invented here but ripped off from somewhere else” is typical of how British developments are downplayed and misrepresented to lessen their importance.

      You may be able to buy the rights to a patent but even then you cannot legally pass it off as your own or re-patent it in your own name. The patent is still registered and listed with the details on the original patent.

      If Pilkingtons had bought the patent from a German then his name would still be on the patent and not the names of the two people from Pilkington’s Glass.

    • rtj1211

      We did invent a lot of things, but increasingly we failed to make any money from it. Mostly the fault of academia and government: not making it clear that investments in basic research required a return FOR BRITAIN, not for the Japanese, the Americans, the Germans, the Indians etc etc.

      Most academics couldn’t give a monkeys. Threaten to go to another country if you won’t pander to their toy-playing propensities. Grown up Peter Pans, most of them. See Government grants as one way tickets, not a two way bargain.

      Slowly, it’s changing. And not a minute too soon, either.

    • vieuxceps2

      Hmm,I wonder how many will read that and begin to wonder.How many other sly revisionist nudges have there been?

  • Kitty MLB

    That is not weird in the slightest.England has been belittled
    and taken advantage for so long that some forget we were
    a great trading nation, industrious people who are inventive.
    We civilized and help educate many countries.
    This ‘little britain’ mentality that the left bash us with as they
    use that word to manipulate and control is not us.
    We can be Great Britain again…

    • Moderator

      Define ‘Great Britain’? England is a fine country but best to stay within its means and boundaries.

    • rtj1211

      Go and be a slave for the rest of your life then. You’ll approve of the concept as it was the British that got rich off the back of it.

      If you believe in slavery for Africans but not for yourself, you have defined what and who you are.

      A disgusting, despicable racist.

      I’m not of the left, I merely confront people like you with the fallacious logic of your rubbish.

      Until you confront everything that was inhumane about how Britain got rich, nothing you say has any merit.


      We got rich off murder and slavery, economic exploitation of colonies etc etc.

      Go and learn, the hard way, what that means for other human beings.

      • vieuxceps2

        What an insufferably selfrighteous comment.You deny the people of Britain the right to have opinions on anything, anything, simply because of a minor economic historical trade, abolished in 1807. Who are you to take thispower upo yourself? It doesn’t matter if you’re the descendant of slaves or not, you don’t thereby get special authority to judge us.
        If you believe what you wrote then you are a”disgusting despicable racist.”How can you be otherwise when you condemn an entire nation for taking part in a long-dead trading system which they themselves abolished?. I suggest you turn your prejudice against he modern slavers inthe African and Arab countries who still happily benefit from slavery.

      • uberwest

        Did she say that she approved of slavery anywhere, you vile, hypocritical maggot?

  • global city

    Nothing wrong with being proud of your family, neighbours, community, city and country Mary . Too many sneering no talents have poisoned the minds of the cognoscenti. This is quite deliberate.

  • saffrin

    It’s all part of breaking the spirit Mary. Is it worth it, why bother?
    Don’t let the bas*ds wear you down.
    Fight back, vote UKIP.

    • you_kid

      vote UKIP? when? why?
      You’re in Bruxelles – now go do some work in Bruxelles.
      Give me my money’s worth.

      • Ted Cunterblast

        Smoking in the boys’ room again, eh?

        • you_kid

          Work? Wassat all abowt?

          • Ted Cunterblast

            Let us know when you sort it out.

          • you_kid

            Harry, dear boy, how often have I told you: make sure you pay your taxes so I get my landlord benefits on time.

  • alabenn

    Mary it is because you and you kind in Labour invented a new form of snobbery, you still despise the working class, but instead of sneering at them, you used disdain for industry and industriousness, the very things that gave them a living and pride in their own efforts.
    Labours hatred of the working class resulted in the importation of third world workers to do the jobs that used to be the mainstay of their existence, in short you emasculated them.
    Its a bit late now to be having second thoughts about your attitude, the country is flooded with cut price workers scrabbling about in the hope that one day they will get a job that is worth doing, it will be no thanks to you and your kind if they ever do.
    Do you have a tradesmen only gate around the back.

    • you_kid

      For ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever the same old same old same old repetition and oversimplification of evil Labour importing immigrants.

      How and when exactly did England change – do you even know? Why do you care to lie then, lad?

      • alabenn

        I unlike you must be imagining that laws and customs that have been around for centuries have changed or gone.
        Did I imagine a man lying in the street with his head almost cut off.
        Did I imagine the bus and underground trains blown up.
        Am I imagining the searches and security measures for flying.
        Am I imagining in very small villages even in the most remote areas, there are immigrants.
        And did I imagine that the last government borrowed vast sums to pay people to be idle while these immigrants flooded in.
        Socialist like you lie, you do it naturally, you even lie when the truth will do, you just cant help yourselves.

        • you_kid

          Sweet Lord Jesus, not this tripe again.
          When old people begin to get scared of life then what they perhaps ought to do is move to Canada and let nature dictate their day.

          • Michele Keighley

            Thank God you’re not my kid – you’d poison the coffee just to get at the will!!

          • you_kid

            What happened to Darjeeling First Flush? Coffee? What a pleb you are, mum.

          • crosscop

            What has the list got to do with immigration? Err… perhaps the fact that none of the events listed would have happened or been necessary if not for immigration? For instance – if immigration from Nigeria had not been allowed then Lee Rigby would obviously not have been butchered. If the parents of Mohamed Sadique Khan ( and his merry men) had not been allowed to immigrate here then there would have been no 7/7 bombings. There would have been no Islamic plot to take over schools, either and thousands of girls would not have been raped by Muslim grooming gangs.

          • you_kid

            er .. er .. er .. and the cultural import that was American mall and now shopping on the interweb turned us all into gun-slinging rednecks rather than shopkeepers, innit. Lord almighty, you chaps really are dumbfoundingly plain speaking and simple-minded.

    • rtj1211

      Immigration started in the 1950s. Who was the Government for 13 years then?? Well it wasn’t Tony Blair, was it.

      Both Tories AND Labour encouraged immigration.

      • crosscop

        1948. Labour.

  • evad666

    Read The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited for a detailed view of Labour’s betrayal of the working class

  • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

    The country is already destroyed, and if not, then I’d like to see it destroyed a little further.

    I’d much rather start again than try to save the cancerous decaying England we have now.

    • Jimmy R

      And that has been Labour’s aim, and more especially that of the Leftist Activists, since the 1960s.

      Once you have persisted, over a period of decades, to belittled a people, to rewrite their history in order to denigrate the actions of past generations and to indoctrinate them into believing they, and their country, are evil and worthless to such an extent that they give up believing in themselves and their country.

      Once that has been achieved it is then possible, so the Left believe, to manipulate the masses into accepting whatever you choose to do to them and to lead them in whatever direction you decide on. It takes time to achieve those aims because you have first to start the indoctrination with the young who are the ones who will be the next generations and who will eventually those who follow them.

      The country is not beyond saving, but only if those who are intent on destroying it from the inside are stopped from succeeding.

      • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

        It’s too late, look at the mess we’re in. We need to fail to wake the idiots up.

  • RichardBaranov

    Mary, it is because you were taught a version of Britain gutted of all meaning. When I went to school we learnt our history from pre-Norman conquest up to the present. I know, as many people do of my generation, the entire list of Kings from year dot to now. We learnt about our influence via a geography in which British influence had touched almost every corner. We learnt about the great explorers, the great inventors, the political movements from the Magna Charta, to the Jarrow march. We learnt how we had revolutionized the world via the industrial revolution. How, as a nation we fought slavery. We knew that as a nation that we had done great things and that we had everything to be proud of.
    Your generation and subsequent generations have been taught a long list, an ‘itinerary of apologies’ for mostly imagined crimes constructed by a left wing socialism that has nothing but contempt for Britain. It is why your generation has no patriotism and doesn’t know what it is to be British. Very simply, you have been robbed and because you have been taught to be passive and sheep like you allow these people to run your lives from cradle to grave.

    • anyfool

      Excellent analysis,

    • g1lgam3sh

      I heartily approve this is.

    • rtj1211

      ‘We fought slavery’. After having created it you dolt.

      The art of history is saying that at one point in history something was acceptable as it made you rich. Then saying it needs to be got rid of to retain power you long ago lost the right to hold.

      You need to be a slave to learn how unacceptable it was.

      You are the one who has been brainwashed. Brainwashed to avoid moral consistency.

      The Empire castrated Africans who resisted. You can be castrated to learn what that feels like.

      The Empire shot Indians who wanted home rule. You can be shot for wanting freedom from the EU.

      The Empire was all about rigged markets to benefit the British racists. You can be shut out of all lucrative markets for that too.

      Nothing I say is left or right. It is historical fact and moral judgement.

      • uberwest

        We created it? No, slavery existed before England existed as a nation. We weren’t the first to resort to slavery by any means, but we were the first to try and stamp it out.

      • vieuxceps2

        “We” created slavery.Tell the Greeks ,Romans ,Egyptians, Arabs and Africans that.
        “The art of history” etc- Inane waffle.
        “You need to be a slave”etc- Do you need to be Oliver Twist to understand Dickens?
        “Brainwashed”- By everyday reality.
        “Castrated Africans”- Do you mean those eunuchs in the Arab harems?
        “Shot Indians” – Calcutta, Black Hole?
        “Rigged markets”- Stalin’s 5-year plans?
        All you say is marxoid nonsense. It’s not historical fact, only your interpretation of it.
        It is not for you to make moral judgement on past generations or even those of today.

      • crosscop

        “The Empire shot Indians who wanted home rule.”
        If that’s the Amritsar Massacre you’re talking about – it was Indian troops who shot them.

      • RichardBaranov

        Not going to bother going to and fro with you. The fact that you begin by being rude simply advertises your ignorance. The British did not invent slavery. That is nonsense, but we certainly participated in it then stopped it, interdicting slave ships on the high seas even when they belonged to a foreign power.
        As I said, we learnt about Empire ‘warts and all’. So, thanks, I do not need to be told by the likes of you about the Amritsar massacre. But, I bet you were not told that the perpetrator was drummed out of the army in disgrace. It was not British policy to fire on those people. You need to learn that history has nuances. You obviously haven’t been taught them and trot out the usual P.C. rubbish as fact.
        As for moral judgements. You prove you have non via your first sentence because you are quite incapable of self restraint or decent manners.

        • Matt Wingett

          Umm, are you saying there were no bad manners before PC? Please show your workings-out.

      • Twenty Rothmans

        It is a great pity that your parents did not think highly enough of you to provide you a good education, if you think that the British created slavery.

      • pp22pp

        We created slavery?

        The average turnip is smarter than you.

        I live in Korea. The people are generally very nice, but racism is not a uniquely white thing, you know.

        And the Moslems were the ones who really liked turning their slaves into eunuchs. Try reading Verlinden on slavery in the Mediterranean.

        Everyone did slavery. We were among the first to twig that it’s not very nice. Or is it only bad when white people do it?

        Racist and thick. You have my pity.

      • Guest

        Slavery has been around for thousands of years, you dumb shit.

      • Daviejohn

        What an absolute rubbish analysis you have given here. Obviously educated in the PC way. WE did not create Slavery the arabs were doing that long before Britain existed, we as a nation saw it was wrong and ceased doing it long before anyone else. The Empire seems to have provided you with board and lodgings for a while though.

    • pearlsandoysters

      Great post! Reality in all its shapes and hues is much better than “imaginary” stuff so much loved by PC proponents.

    • Terry Field

      There is a difference between having great respect and affection for the past and the huge achievements of country and empire, and wishing a new sort of ‘stand tall’ glory.
      That is not possible, and should therefore not be yearned for.

  • Liberty

    I blame the Atlee government. We emerged from WW2 with energy, inventiveness, self confidence, imagination and entrepreneurialsm intact. We were world leaders in aereospace, IT, pharma, motor vehicle manufacture, ship building and much else. Germany and Japan were out of it.Then Atlee and co trashed the economy, nationalised everthing, gave unions power to blackmail everyone and upped income tax to 83% on earnings and 98% max for unearned [that is return on investment] making it brainless to invest. The following Tory government found it politically impossible to reverse these things, it ruined our confidence whilst Leftists were busy subverting our institutions. So we went down the drain until Labour were unelectible in the 80s enabling Thatcher could do something. Then we had the latest Labour years, economic madness, corruption, the EU and mass immigration and that put the lid on it. Even so, a global culture is on the way due to globalisation and modern communication technology but that is another story.

    • Damon

      I agree with most of what you write. However, there’s an elephant in the room here, and it’s simply this. Labour could never have wreaked their ruin if they hadn’t won those various elections in ’45, ’64, ’74 and ’97. So, who ultimately is to blame for Labour’s depredations? Step up to the podium, you Great British Public, and take a bow. If you stroll down to the docks on a Friday night, drop your pants and bend over, it’s scarcely credible to complain when you get b-ggered. Likewise, if an electorate repeatedly insists on electing a gang of socialist fools to office, it’s no use complaining about the inevitable consequences. Indeed, they seem all too likely to do it again in 2015. Seems harsh? Too bad.

    • g1lgam3sh

      I watched hovercrafts on my local beach…then they were gone.

    • rtj1211

      The Labour Government won in 1945 because it promised to build people houses to live in. Churchill was simply obsessed with the Soviet Union, as befits someone whose familial home is the palatial Blenheim Palace. Couldn’t give a damn about the daily lives of ordinary Brits who had won the war for him through their blood, sweat and tears. Couldn’t give a damn. Entirely his own fault, Churchill, that he lost the 1945 election. He couldn’t give a damn about the British people.

      What’s not industrious about building people places to live in, welll??

      And what is so great about the Tories saying that anyone but the UK State owning UK industry is better, especially if they are foreign tax-avoiding shells?? Or, worse, nationalised industries of France or Germany??


    • crosscop

      One of the craziest things Labour did after the war was sell state of the art jet engines to the Russians. They copied them, of course, and put them into Mig 13s – which caused UN air forces so much trouble in Korea. Madness. But even that was not as mad as giving everyone and his dog the right to settle in Britain, of course – which they did in 1948.

      • Liberty

        Inexplicably, the Atlee government appointed Cowperthwaite – an old style, free market Millian economist – as finance minister for Hong Kong. He opened the economy to the market, flat rate income tax at 10% for top earners only and made all overseas earnings free of tax. The rest is history.

  • samhol

    The Left has achieved its goal with Britain and the British: it has torn apart any sense of ambition and desire for leadership. For the Left, Britain – as perhaps the most successful civilization since Rome – represented the very worst qualities: hegemonic power built upon insatiable commercial and military ambition. At the heart of this ambition was a sense of nationhood, destiny and exceptionalism: without these beliefs, the improbability of Britain as a major power would have dawned upon its population. All the Left needed to do was to undermine the certainty of these beliefs, and we see this in the doctrines they espouse:

    1. multiculturalism
    2. cultural relativism
    3. imperial guilt, transmitted via the education system and BBC
    4. welfare and tax systems that destroy aspiration; stymie the desire for self-improvement and sever the link between work and income.

    Without these intangible, binding and energising collective beliefs, we are, as the Left like to remind, just a rainy, inconsequential island off the European continent.

    We can change this… an aggressive, impassioned attack on welfarism; on high marginal tax rates; on the centralisation of power (on a British and EU level); on State nannying and interference; on vested interests and monopolies wherever they are. We have to counter with greater passion and conviction the profusion of Leftism in our national life. The nation needs to be told of its industrious, competitive past – no more self-pity and self-doubt.

    • rtj1211

      So you believe in conquest and slavery, dominion and colonies, do you??

      You live your life the wrong side of that construct or die sonny jim.

      You’ll learn the hard way that it was wrong. And if you refuse to learn and try and rebel, well, we’ll shoot you like the animals we shot for being so presumptious as to want to control their own country and their own lives.

      • samhol

        It’s better to be strong and wrong, with the ability to atone than to be right and weak. Regarding the slave trade, Britain indeed committed great wrong. That it eventually turned its power and global reach to the task of its abolition exemplifies my point.

      • Guest

        Britain was the, or one of the, first nations to legalise slavery. We did it long before the peoples we invaded and colonised. Britain was one of the first nations to have proper human rights too, and it treated people well during the 1800s and 1900s. Britain was powerful enough back then to ensure that its citizens around the world were treated well and respectfully. Britain had inter-racial marriage legalised LONG, LONG before the US.

    • vieuxceps2

      Well said. I’d just add PC wordage laws,stifling thought.

  • John Smith

    The British way of life is under constant attack, it culminated for us in the Winter of Discontent, when as a young family we were due to emigrate. But someone came into power, who actually believed in what made Britain great.

    Now we roll over so easily as the British way of life is once again under assault from within. Who will bother to fight back?

  • g1lgam3sh

    The only thing that’s changed is that they’re all at it…

  • Because they are selfish

  • DaveTheRave

    It’s not weird at all.
    But what kind of ‘Britain’ are we talking about?
    A UK without Scotland? Would that be a problem?
    And how do you define ‘Great’?
    We are obviously not talking about the Empire here.
    Personally, I would like to see ENGLAND great, a beacon of new industry and enterprise and re-invigorated English culture. A country where apprenticeships are commonplace, grammar schools are in every town for the more academic, secondary schools with more practical subjects re-introduced to give kids a great start in their formative years.
    I would be happy for England to part of a re-formed UK (or some form of UK where England is properly recognised), or an independent nation, preferably completely free from the shackles of the EU, BUT FULLY INTERNATIONALIST IN OUTLOOK.
    Great does not necessarily mean big.
    Great – to me – would mean an England which is a beacon of freedom, justice, industry and culture.

  • john

    Britain is still searching for a role and still hankers after imperial glory of yesteryear. The country is run by a W1 elite that likes its priviliges and hates change. So we have a public school Pariament that stages phony fights abot trivia. We need the country to use its 60+ million population effectively. This means ending the class-based monarchy/House of Lords, focusing on the underutilized population north of Watford and recognizing that we are a middle size country needing to compete in a world which will be dominated by a handful of major economic powers. Drop the fancy dress parades and face the future.

  • Guest

    The Left ruined Britain. The Left has a tendency to ruin every nation that it influences too strongly. Britain’s Labour party was in power for much of the latter half of the 20th century and they completely ruined the country. Not only that, but they’ve indoctrinated the masses to support them and they’ve infected the political system so badly that even the Conservatives are more Left than Right(they say they are Right but they really aren’t).

    UKIP is trying to turn the tide, but the indoctrinated masses are being told that the UKIP are enemies of Political Correctness and multiculturalism. And in this Left population, being enemies of those two is like what being an enemy of Communism was in Soviet Russia.

  • Pier66

    Great RichardBaranov….
    all that happen when you take Lib lab in Downing st!

  • Terry Field

    Strange to hear, but I have come across many thirty somethings in Britain, usually quite prosperous, who are excessively ‘proud’, verging on ‘little’ Englanders, who hanker after the greatness they never knew, and nor did their parents,
    nor did their grand parents, nor did their great grand parents- those generations experienced the slaughter that goes with hedonistic national arrogance and foreigner contempt – mostly practiced by the French and the Germans, but the Brits could do it if they set their mind to it.
    It is depressing these modern inadequates cannot address reality.
    When their children are middle aged, their island will be starving as the central belt of the globe dies as severe climate change bites; as resource depletion sparks serious global and regional conflicts, and as water scarcity and desertification destroys agricultural output.
    This writer is deranged, as are very many young , excessively puritanical, somewhat angry, foreigner contempting (nice word, I like it, so stuff it) rat-in-a-cage living, stuffed-into-tiny-houses, M& S £10 dinner eating, navel – gazing, pasty-faced, nostalgia-obsessed IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Get a life!
    See things as they are!!!!
    Unless you are rich, will inherit tons and own the place, or have a huge income because you are a non-NHS plastic surgeon or drug-dealer