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Originally posted by Retseh
The newspapers indicated that 1.1 million Britons had left the UK during 2006, a 50% increase over prior years, and the locals I met in my friend's local pub all seemed to want to move to France or Spain, talking about the UK in very bad terms. People talked about high prices especially for gasoline and housing, runaway immigration and high crime. I honestly didn't meet anyone who spoke of their country with pride, very alien to an American.
People just seemed so unhappy, and the country seemed to be in something of a mess. Sorry no offence intended, but there it is.
Maybe I should stick to visiting London, that will always be one of my favorite European cities.
[edit on 12-11-2006 by Retseh]
Originally posted by Flyer
My way to cure the chavs would be for national service to be bought in and any teenager convicted of any crime would have to serve 2 years in the army on top of their normal sentence (5 hours community service probably).
Since ignorance is often borne out of a lack of understanding, I decided to break up a business trip to the Netherlands a week ago with a visit to England, in fact Cheshire to be precise, and thought I would post a no-nonsense commentary on what I learned about the socio-political status, especially relating to crime in the UK
The US of course has some big social problems of its own