Over recent years we've been swamped by a veritable tsunami of laws, regulations and guidance all of which has been introduced with the noble aim of making us a fairer and more civilized society. Well, there's an old saying "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." I don't think us Brits are capable of changing our ways. Look at the Foreign Office spoof regarding the Pope's visit. I can't stand religious or political zealots and even had I been christened in the Catholic faith, I think that I should still have smiled at some of the suggestions being muted. We love poking fun at authority! Then, in the Metro today, an article that cheating on the playing field is endemic in schools. Astonishing! Who would have thought it? Never happened in my day European Union? We love to hate it, don't we? Churchill was in favour of it, but he was astute enough to opine that if the English ever had to choose between Europe and the open seas, they would choose the open seas. A referendum tommorrow would undoubtedly prove him correct. The problem seems to me to be that there are too many narrow minded people in positions of authority. They either lack a proper appreciation of the society they live in or they habour a resentment which influences their judgement. It's a shame that so much time and effort is - IMO - wasted on trying to attain the unattainable. We're Brits and I don't think we'll ever change for the better. What do you think?