After talking about New Zealand last time out, I thought I should also voice what I’d want to change about the UK, if I could. I suppose only when you leave somewhere do you perhaps obtain a degree of objectivity because you have no other benchmark to compare it to.
- A few less rules would be nice. The UK is a bit of a nanny state. Having to have a fence so you don’t fall off a cliff is a prime example. Maybe just let the stupid have their day and save the rest of us from them.
- While I don’t perceive it to be as bad as America, less litigation in the UK for everything would be ideal. Why on earth does a bit of whiplash in a car accident require monetary compensation? I’m sorry but money does not magically fix your neck pain, even if you warm it in the microwave and wrap it round yourself. NZ has something called ACC which covers healthcare relating to accidents which in many ways is a pretty good idea.
- The UK has an horrendous drinking culture. Many folk seem to see drinking as much as you can in a short space of time as a weird badge of honour…and permission to behave appallingly with the excuse “I was drunk”. Yeah, well, no-one forced you to drink it did they? Add to that the fact that a good number are out getting drunk every Friday and/or Saturday night and you really have to ask how it is that life or society got so bad that people feel the need to do this to feel good about themselves?
- The weather is grim…especially in Scotland. Someone in NZ once said to me that on visiting the UK, he noticed that he hadn’t seen the sun or moon for 11 days in a row. There really is a lot of cloud…and rain.
- There are too many people for a small island. A cull might be useful.
- There is a real yob culture at times. CHAVs (which I think stands for Council House And Violent) are a blight on the nation – and unbelievably these people are exported as the mainstay of TV shows around the world. Makes you wonder what foreign folk think of the UK? Perhaps point 5 might start here.
- The traffic levels are truly attrocious. Sure, it is a function of the numbers of people using the roads but when I hear people complaining in NZ about the traffic, I just think “you don’t know you’re born”, or words to that effect. It is so bad that road rage is a recognised problem.
- It is not easy to get tickets for events in the UK compared to NZ, again a function of the population size. See point 5.
Righty-ho. I feel cleansed now.