What do you LOVE and what do HATE... about the UK

The song says it better than I ever could.

What is it about you, makes me feel this way?
When I'm leaving you, when I'm coming home
I'm lost for words to say.
And I know your faults and failures,
And the troubles that you've been through.
But it's more about what happens now
And what were coming to.

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through her city streets,
And the sun that shines on England
Well it lifts the heart in me.

What is it about you, that took men into war?
Rows and rows of headstones: Who remembers why what for?
The corners of these foreign fields,
The dust in them concealed.
Out of sight but not out of mind,
Don't you know that England feels?

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through the city streets.
The rain that falls on England
Well it washes care from me.

England, oh England
England, oh England
England, oh England

Don't make this out a battle hymn or a song of victory.
It's just a way to try to say what England means to me.
And our accents and our colours change
From the city to the farmland
From the moorland to the mountain,
From the river to the sea.

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through the city streets
The rain that falls on England
Well it washes care from me.

England, oh England
England, oh England
England, oh England

From the rolling road to the winding lane,
From the field to factory,
From summer's haze to winter's glaze,
And all the colours in between.
It's a stillness in the evening.
It's the heartbeat that I'm feeling.
Fron Cornwall to Northumberland,
From the Pennines to the sea.

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through the city streets.
The rain that falls on England
Well it washes care from me

England, oh England
England, oh England
England, oh England
 

llech

LE
Love...custard creams, sense of humour, how shit everything is.

Hate...Shitheads who think telling the truth is rewriting history, the monarchy, the current government.
 
The song says it better than I ever could.

What is it about you, makes me feel this way?
When I'm leaving you, when I'm coming home
I'm lost for words to say.
And I know your faults and failures,
And the troubles that you've been through.
But it's more about what happens now
And what were coming to.

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through her city streets,
And the sun that shines on England
Well it lifts the heart in me.

What is it about you, that took men into war?
Rows and rows of headstones: Who remembers why what for?
The corners of these foreign fields,
The dust in them concealed.
Out of sight but not out of mind,
Don't you know that England feels?

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through the city streets.
The rain that falls on England
Well it washes care from me.

England, oh England
England, oh England
England, oh England

Don't make this out a battle hymn or a song of victory.
It's just a way to try to say what England means to me.
And our accents and our colours change
From the city to the farmland
From the moorland to the mountain,
From the river to the sea.

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through the city streets
The rain that falls on England
Well it washes care from me.

England, oh England
England, oh England
England, oh England

From the rolling road to the winding lane,
From the field to factory,
From summer's haze to winter's glaze,
And all the colours in between.
It's a stillness in the evening.
It's the heartbeat that I'm feeling.
Fron Cornwall to Northumberland,
From the Pennines to the sea.

And the echo from the green hills
Runs through the city streets.
The rain that falls on England
Well it washes care from me

England, oh England
England, oh England
England, oh England
Send this to the snp hq. As well as informing them that it's not only us Scots who are proud of our heritage, it'll have the added bonus of exploding a few/lot of their heads. Win win.
 

RBMK

LE
Book Reviewer
I had a short session working in South Africa (Jo'burg).
I can't tell you how glad I was to get on the plane home.
 

RBMK

LE
Book Reviewer
Was that because of the high crime rate there, or other reasons?
Scared the crap out of me (mid-90s).
I've lived in some rough places & I'm no shrinking violet but everyone carried guns and was more than prepared to use them. You could be mugged by a machete wielding black gang within 2 minutes of leaving the hotel (in Rose Hill).

Example dit (and not the only one) told to me by my host:

All white owned houses (the well off ones) have high walls, security fences, razor barb etc etc
G4 security aren't a couple of muppets in a Fiesta van, but armed quick response guards
Man spots two blacks coming across his patio carrying machetes
Picks up 12 bore pump action and gives them a couple of rounds of heavy gauge
2 blacks dead on patio, phones police.
Police turn up following day with a van and 2 body bags.
Zip up the stiffs & throw them into the back of the van
"Sign this form please". Form signed.
Is that it?
"What do you expect, you potted a couple of kaffirs on your patio?"

Life was very cheap, especially black lives, and as a white you were fair game for the black criminal classes who had no compunction about lopping parts of your body off or popping you with a couple of rounds of 9mm for your watch.
 
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Scared the crap out of me (mid-90s).
I've lived in some rough places & I'm no shrinking violet but everyone carried guns and was more than prepared to use them. You could be mugged by a machete wielding black gang within 2 minutes of leaving the hotel (in Rose Hill).

Example dit (and not the only one) told to me by my host:

All white owned houses (the well off ones) have high walls, security fences, razor barb etc etc
G4 security aren't a couple of muppets in a Fiesta van, but armed quick response guards
Man spots two blacks coming across his patio carrying machetes
Picks up 12 bore pump action and gives them a couple of rounds of heavy gauge
2 blacks dead on patio, phones police.
Police turn up following day with a van and 2 body bags.
Zip up the stiffs & throw them into the back of the van
"Sign this form please". Form signed.
Is that it?
"What do you expect, you potted a couple of kaffirs on your patio?"

Life was very cheap, especially black lives, and as a white you were fair game for the black criminal classes who had no compunction about lopping parts of your body off or popping you with a couple of rounds of 9mm for your watch.
That seems to be the same story in virtually all of Africa these days. You must be safer in the bush.
 

KrissyCD

Old-Salt
Hmm, as someone who recently left, I feel that a lot of my criticisms are more around London.
The positives:
1. Beautiful country, especially outside London
2. Stable, organised, everything had systems and structures, all policies are well thought out in most organisations
3. Very high level of professionalism
4. Plenty of work to go around
5. Very polite, tolerant people
6. British men. Incredibly gentlemanly, masculine, polite, protective, wonderful lovers
7. Exceptional digital economy.
8. Brilliant comedy
9. Stunning traditional architecture

The negatives :
1. Very high taxation
2. Centralisation of resources with a bloated public sector
3. A lack of interest in aesthetic design in modern architecture.
4. Ironically for the birthplace of individual liberties and John Stuart Mill, the loss of freedom of speech and individual liberties on a grand scale. People are now genuinely afraid to say what they think because they are afraid either the state or a woke mob will get them
5. Pervasiveness of woke culture which only seems to be a thing in the anglosaxosphere plus a few western European countries.
6. Too much tolerance of bulls!!! like abuse of the benefits system, benefits for life, benefits to non citizens for life
7. Excessive immigration, particularly from non European countries which has left sections on the country unrecognisable demographically, socially, culturally etc.
8. Criminalisation of opposition to the previous.
9. Excessive crime without punishment.
 
The right to roam.
But we are going to loose that right this year.
National parks.
Public footpaths that we have lost all to many of due to H&S.
 
The right to roam.
But we are going to loose that right this year.
National parks.
Public footpaths that we have lost all to many of due to H&S.
Loosing that right to roam?

When?
 
Loosing that right to roam?

When?
Since last year. Any public footpath not re, registered can me blocked by the land owner.. peel Holdings have already blocked off 5 paths where I live.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
What I love about this country is that other countries find us on the whole very tolerant and that we seem to operate best in bad conditions it pulls out the bulldog spirit.

What I loath about this country is that the working classes dont remember the struggles of its predecessors in gaining the freedoms which made us great . We seem to keep voting the people in who have no investment in the ordinary folk at all .
 

Nornironman

Old-Salt
I like:

Arts, the countryside, the facilities, BBC R4, diverse culture, rugby, and the standard of living even though it falls short of say Germany's.

I hate:
The weather, chavs, Boris, and little Englander mentality.
 
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Mufulira42

Old-Salt
I like:

Arts, the countryside, the facilities, BBC R4, diverse culture, rugby, and the standard of living even though it falls short of say Germany's.

I hate:
The weather, chavs, Boris, and little Englander mentality.
In my time working in Essex liked the cheerful attitude and can-do thinking

Didn't like bureaucracy and snivelling Civil Serpents who constricted almost every avenue of potential success
 

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