You know, I have spent most of my life running around with an "it could be worse" attitude and I'm fed up with it! It IS bloody worse!!!
I'm not one for excessive use of !'s but this country (and I mean the UK as a whole) is the cheapest, nastiest and dirtiest place on this globe and I think that justifies quite a few of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You know the old saying "practice makes perfect" ... well, successive UK governments have been practicing on us for God knows how many years and they still can't get it right.
I was a strong supporter of Thatcher back in the days of the miners strikes ... not because she broke the unions* but because she was consequential in what she did. But things have moved on and we have Gordon Brown ... a number cruncher who does not command respect and hasn't got a clue about getting the people on his side.
On the other hand who have we got? Clegg (just out of nappies) and Cameron (just out of shorts)! Two smarmy yuppy types who'd much rather give slick answers than give a simple "yes" or "no".
Also there are too many do-gooders out there trying to save everyone's human rights from being abused and they are ALL trying to complicate the issue. No one fights for "basic" human rights anymore with the excption of aid agencies. The "do-gooders" are fighting for rapists, murderers and thugs in general to have radio's, PC's, gym equipment, TV's etc., etc., etc.. The victims of these people are left without a friendly neighbourhood human rights activist in sight.
We have gang violence and intimidation happening on a daily basis and how is it combated? Tagging, verbal slapped wrists and asbo's! None of which has been proved to be effective. Convert the prison gym's into cells and lock the buggers up. Pack 'em in like sardines and sod their human rights. Lock 'em up for longer and longer until they get the message. And I don't just mean the yob's and criminals out there ... put the politicians away too.
Now that was a rant, but I am really fed up with british society ... but I like dog's, so I can't be all that bad.
*my dad was a miner in the north and he was out on strike like (almost) everyone else. I remember not having very much to each and most meals were corned beef and potatoes. But I can also remember seeing that b%&*ard Scargill turning up at a rally in a chaufer-driven car and also hearing how he, as union leader was still on full pay whereas everyone I knew was on pittance strike pay. I hated that man and blamed him and his arrogance for ALL of the hardships heaped on the miners during the strike.