Who, what or where best symbolises modern Britain?

#1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/mai...g=yourview&xml=/news/2007/02/08/ublview08.xml

According to Andrew Marr,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/02/07/do0707.xml

Brighton symbolises modern Britain: liberal to a fault, a global warming village and a perfect example of our pagan, sexualised consumer culture.

Its legions of drunks, junkies and homeless reflect the dark side of a country that should really be called Great Brighton, he argued.

What do you think? Is Brighton really the symbol of modern Britain?
 

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#2
Brighton has been full of stalwart Labour supporters for years (aka junkies, drop-outs, work-shy, whinging, dreadlocked and/or gay).

Brighton represents a Labour ideal. Fortunately, it doesn't represent the majority of right-thinking people in the UK.
 
#3
Saw this in the comment section of the article, agree 100%

What symbolises modern Britain? Having to take food into a hospital for my friend because the nurses kept forgetting him at the end of the ward.
My 6 year old having two teachers because they are jobsharing and their rights are more important than the the rights of the 30(yes) pupils. One of them is now on long term sick/maternity leave so she has actually had 6 teachers this year alone.
Discovering that the meat at the hospital canteen is halal because it is easier for the cooks.
Being told by 18 year olds that social security is a right but that working is optional.
Paying for hundreds of thousands of illegitimate children because it suits the parents not to marry.
Being forced to help fund the BBC knowing that it will propagate values that I despise.
Having to argue with my wife about her wish to emigrate more and more every year.
Feeling that one does not belong in London anymore despite having lived there for 10 years and being married to a cockney.
Listening to politicians and realising that labour are as corrupt and self serving as the the tories were, the tories are as incompetent as the labour party were, and the libdems will lie about being led by an alchoholic to get elected.
The nanny state interfering in my life more and more every year.
ID cards- everyone knows why they were abolished in the 50's but because the technology exists and there is a profit to be made, the realisation that a police state is being set up by ignorant politicians who fail to understand that they are giving the state too much power and that their successors may not be as benign as they are.
Gordon Brown. He has nearly bankrupted the country and now he wants to be our glorious leader. Will there be a country left when he and his cronies have finished?
Finally, being proud to be born English but regretting that my children will never understand how fantastic this country was, even in my youth let alone my parents'
 
#5
Jade Goody. ignorant, ugly, vulgar, ill educated, and paid large quantities of money to be so.
 
#6
Knowing that the woods and fields I played in as a child are not availbale to my children as they are now housing estates and by-passes.
Knowing that I pay taxes to 'pay' those who do not deserve them or are are placed in projects which fails with alarming regualrity. All in the knowlege that those responsable will not be held to account.
Knowing that service to your country is viewed as being a 'failure', whilst being an uneducated chav who is allowed media space is 'sucess'.
Being part the majority whilst being treated as the minority and not having my views respected because of this.
 
#7
What represents Britain..

Pensioners freezing to death whilst Billions pour overseas in aid.
 
#8
stoatman said:
Jade Goody. ignorant, ugly, vulgar, ill educated, and paid large quantities of money to be so.
It's a tossup between the chav culture represented by jade & the implementation of HMG that the majority view must bend over backwards to accomodate minority/extremist segments of the population
 
#9
mark1234 said:
Saw this in the comment section of the article, agree 100%

What symbolises modern Britain? Having to take food into a hospital for my friend because the nurses kept forgetting him at the end of the ward.
My 6 year old having two teachers because they are jobsharing and their rights are more important than the the rights of the 30(yes) pupils. One of them is now on long term sick/maternity leave so she has actually had 6 teachers this year alone.
Discovering that the meat at the hospital canteen is halal because it is easier for the cooks.
Being told by 18 year olds that social security is a right but that working is optional.
Paying for hundreds of thousands of illegitimate children because it suits the parents not to marry.
Being forced to help fund the BBC knowing that it will propagate values that I despise.
Having to argue with my wife about her wish to emigrate more and more every year.
Feeling that one does not belong in London anymore despite having lived there for 10 years and being married to a cockney.
Listening to politicians and realising that labour are as corrupt and self serving as the the tories were, the tories are as incompetent as the labour party were, and the libdems will lie about being led by an alchoholic to get elected.
The nanny state interfering in my life more and more every year.
ID cards- everyone knows why they were abolished in the 50's but because the technology exists and there is a profit to be made, the realisation that a police state is being set up by ignorant politicians who fail to understand that they are giving the state too much power and that their successors may not be as benign as they are.
Gordon Brown. He has nearly bankrupted the country and now he wants to be our glorious leader. Will there be a country left when he and his cronies have finished?
Finally, being proud to be born English but regretting that my children will never understand how fantastic this country was, even in my youth let alone my parents'
Nothing left to say except its a fcucking shame. (I am a Sweaty and still agree with all said above!)
 
#11
It is the sight of responsible adults reluctantly standing by as children are allowed to turn feral by stupid socialist laws. The unspoken rules of society are now being legislated for, thus, incompetently prescribing what a functioning society always did. So I think the cuff round the ear must be a symbol of what England is now. A cuff round the ear followed by 18 months in the legal system as the CPS goes above and beyond their usual jobs worth efforts.
 
#12
mark1234 said:
Saw this in the comment section of the article, agree 100%

What symbolises modern Britain?
Discovering that the meat at the hospital canteen is halal because it is easier for the cooks.
Mong statement of the week

Does it taste any different?

What symbolises modern Britain?

Not having a jumped up fcuking tory government.
 
#14
Cpl_ripper said:
mark1234 said:
Saw this in the comment section of the article, agree 100%

What symbolises modern Britain?
Discovering that the meat at the hospital canteen is halal because it is easier for the cooks.
Mong statement of the week

Does it taste any different?

What symbolises modern Britain?

Not having a jumped up fcuking tory government.
I think the label 'mong-statement' is more appropriately stuck on you mate!

Does it matter if it tastes any better or worse? We have certain standards for humane slaughter of animals, that have come as part of centuries of development and enlightenment, but because a section of society believe that it is their religious right to slaughter animals inhumanely, councils and government relent to appease the afore mentioned section of society.

Why should the views of a gobby minority be given preference over the views of the silent majority, or are you one of the 'cultural diversity' fanboy? :thumbdown:
 
#15
Mong statement of the week. I do a little work in one of the only abattoirs in Herefordshire. Where I discovered that ALL, yes ALL Beef and Lamb is stunned as per usual and then it is bled out by an imam, who mutters a prayer, as is their custom. And it is fantastic Herefordshire beef and lamb, which is also Hallal.
 
#16
Agent_Smith said:
Cpl_ripper said:
mark1234 said:
Saw this in the comment section of the article, agree 100%

What symbolises modern Britain?
Discovering that the meat at the hospital canteen is halal because it is easier for the cooks.
Mong statement of the week

Does it taste any different?

What symbolises modern Britain?

Not having a jumped up fcuking tory government.
I think the label 'mong-statement' is more appropriately stuck on you mate!

Does it matter if it tastes any better or worse? We have certain standards for humane slaughter of animals, that have come as part of centuries of development and enlightenment, but because a section of society believe that it is their religious right to slaughter animals inhumanely, councils and government relent to appease the afore mentioned section of society.

Why should the views of a gobby minority be given preference over the views of the silent majority, or are you one of the 'cultural diversity' fanboy? :thumbdown:
This coming for the great arrsers who really love to hunt!
 
#17
The fact that you used to be within 15 metres of the nearest rat anytime you were in London, but now you are more likely to be closer to a CCTV camera than you are to a rat.

Come to think of it, isn't that almost the same thing?
 
#18
I do. I'm someone who has worked hard all my life, including public service. I am surrounded by chavs and no-hopers all getting something for nothing. I have been the victim of crime in the past twelve months but it remains unsolved. I have been misdiagnosed by the NHS and then cured by the NHS in a last-minute scramble. I'm grumpy and feel this government is attacking me, my values, my activities and has legislated to prevent common sense and good citizenship but has not provided effective "big brother" type interventions. If this was 1984, the CCTVs would be on the blink and we would have to get a taxi to Room 101 FFS.
I love my country but I am considering emigration. I no longer believe the police are on my side and I feel the great offices and apparat of the British state no longer represent the wishes of the vast majority.

Yep...that sounds pretty much as if I symbolise the state of the nation. Particularly if you chuck in the facts that I binge drink, am rubbish at cricket and drive a 4x4!
 
#19
Cuddles said:
I do. I'm someone who has worked hard all my life, including public service. I am surrounded by chavs and no-hopers all getting something for nothing. I have been the victim of crime in the past twelve months but it remains unsolved. I have been misdiagnosed by the NHS and then cured by the NHS in a last-minute scramble. I'm grumpy and feel this government is attacking me, my values, my activities and has legislated to prevent common sense and good citizenship but has not provided effective "big brother" type interventions. If this was 1984, the CCTVs would be on the blink and we would have to get a taxi to Room 101 FFS.
I love my country but I am considering emigration. I no longer believe the police are on my side and I feel the great offices and apparat of the British state no longer represent the wishes of the vast majority.

Yep...that sounds pretty much as if I symbolise the state of the nation. Particularly if you chuck in the facts that I binge drink, am rubbish at cricket and drive a 4x4!
How I understand you Cuddles! I was in the same situation 15 years ago. It appeared that my abilities, my knowedge were not needed in my country. I thought about emigration (to Canada as a variant). I'm sure that in Canada and in USA I would be 'one of us' soon. And of course I would be a patriot of my new homeland. It is a Russian tradition to respect a house where you eat bread.

But... but it is a very easy thing to love you motherland in good times. Much harder task is to love it then it is ill.
 
#20
Cpl_ripper said:
Agent_Smith said:
Cpl_ripper said:
mark1234 said:
Saw this in the comment section of the article, agree 100%

What symbolises modern Britain?
Discovering that the meat at the hospital canteen is halal because it is easier for the cooks.
Mong statement of the week

Does it taste any different?

What symbolises modern Britain?

Not having a jumped up fcuking tory government.
I think the label 'mong-statement' is more appropriately stuck on you mate!

Does it matter if it tastes any better or worse? We have certain standards for humane slaughter of animals, that have come as part of centuries of development and enlightenment, but because a section of society believe that it is their religious right to slaughter animals inhumanely, councils and government relent to appease the afore mentioned section of society.

Why should the views of a gobby minority be given preference over the views of the silent majority, or are you one of the 'cultural diversity' fanboy? :thumbdown:
This coming for the great arrsers who really love to hunt!
I've never hunted once, so stop spouting sh!te.

Besides, a bullet to the heart is far more humane than slitting an animals throat and allowing it to be 'cleansed' whilst it bleeds to death.

How would you prefer one of your pets (if you had/have one) to be put down? Lethal injection or slit it's throat?
 

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