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This is a question Why I Love/Hate Britain

This week's been all about the Daily Mail and why people love or hate their country. Tell us one thing you hate about Britain, and one thing about why you love it.

This shouldn't be an excuse for RACISTLOLS, or long lists of things you dislike. Be intelligent, be funny, and be interesting

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 13:55)
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Britains booze culture.
It's fucking awesome. Working at various student events during fresher's fortnight meant that a number of reasonably attractive and wasted eighteen year old girls used me as a makeshift lap dancing pole.

It's just a shame that I only discovered that job AFTER I entered into a stable relationship.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:46, 3 replies)
Britain today is a powerhouse of ideas, experiments, imagination
5 points: film?
2 points: sampled by?

No Googling
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:31, 10 replies)
I dislike how the mods alter the amount of votes certain posts get to stop them appearing on the popular page.
When they should really be doing something about the recent QOTW nonce explosion
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:27, 10 replies)
I like the shipping forecast.
Always a cheap lol at the bit that mentions 'Dogger'
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:21, 4 replies)
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(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:16, 5 replies)
Tea, scones...
... and whipped cream.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:13, 5 replies)
Eh, I'm off to Ibiza tomorrow to make a movie
Seeya Britain
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:12, 11 replies)
Been a long time since I was in Britain, but..
I really liked the Summer, mild to warm, not so hot it kept you inside in the air-con. I also liked the transition from a deciduous Winter, into Springtime. Coming from Australia, it felt extra bleak experiencing a Winter whereby most of the trees shed (sloughed?) their leaves. But, come Spring, the transformation was startling.

Most Australian Woodlands/Forests are a bit scrappy, and look the same all year round (well, give or take a few bodies during backpacker season).

I didn't really take to the Pickled Onion crisps though, that was just fucking wrong.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:07, 8 replies)
I like watching women getting legless in miniskirts on freezing northern nights.
I like listening to old men having an argument about B roads in a pub while I'm ordering a pint.
I like having ample condiments.
I like Right of Way, and Ordinance survey maps.
I like newsnight, and question time, and a generally more civilised and reasonable debate
I don't like it how some people seem to change their accents they had as youngsters and their whole outlook because they think this will help them gain membership to a better class. In fact, the whole class system gets up my nose, especially the privileged. I find it a tedious theatre
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:01, 5 replies)
Blame culture
I'm not a daily mail reader but I'm starting to suspect I think like one...

50 years ago, people worked hard to get the things they needed (not wanted), looked after things and didn't expect handouts. You were lucky if you got anywhere near the idea of owning your home and you expected to work every hour of your job to justify the wage.

Seems that todays news is dominated by the tragic news that the prime minister thinks that the under 25's shouldn't automatically qualify for benefits. A country where people expect the state to provide for them a council house and a weekly bursary to pay their cost of living, without anything so inconvenient as working for it.

The government blames the previous government for the situation, yet the previous government blames the current one for the changes they make. Meanwhile those paying their taxes complain they can't afford to makes ends meet, and those living from the state complain they can't be expected to pay taxes.

I love the fact that Britain has always taken care of it's citizens. We're not one of the nations we see in the news that will gas the population in the night and leave people to die from starvation.

Yet I hate the fact that Britain has to take care of it's citizens to such an extent that many are expectant to do nothing and live off the state.

I agree with the benefits system, its there to protect and help the most vulnerable among us. Yet increasingly it's abused and exploited to provide for those who blame society for their predicament.

The lines between capitalism and communism seem to be getting blurred and I question if the country can still be fixed.

Is it too much to ask that everyone just tries to do their bit to contribute and help themselves?
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:00, 36 replies)
"We must have the best rail replacement 'bus services in Europe!"
- Al Murray
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:59, Reply)
The thing I like best about Britain, and the British,
is the lack of introspection.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:52, 3 replies)
I like Britain.

I like the fact that our national attributes are inventiveness and slacking off. We’re the cool kids of Europe, punching well above our weight in science and patents and at the same time pissing it all away on cheap cider, teenage pregnancy and rock & roll. We could be all successful and German if we wanted to, but as a great man once said, Fuck That Shit.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:51, 3 replies)
Morrissey's entire career.
For him alone we should apologise.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:42, 9 replies)
I enjoy the politeness when cars arrive simultaneously
at each junction of a mini roundabout.

I am a fan of all driving courtesies and etiquette. I enjoy buses flashing their lights to say thank you, I enjoy polite waves when you let someone through, but if I pull aside for a biker to overtake and he doesn't give me a thank you wave, I want nothing more than to drive into the fucker and teach him a lesson.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:38, 16 replies)
The thing I like least about Britain
is the wilful ignorance of those who care in any way about "celebrity culture" or "reality television", whilst people who are actually of use to the country get ignored.
I'd say remove their brains, but clearly that's moot.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:36, 2 replies)
I've been dreaming of a time when
To be English is not to be baneful
To be standing by the flag not feeling
Shameful, racist or partial
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:31, 4 replies)
The service industry in Britain is awful.
People give the Americans shit for the "Have a nice day!" culture there, but I'd rather some skivvy practically sucking me off with insincerity than some minimum chav holding out their hand and saying "£2.47" in a bored monotone while staring into the middle distance.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:26, 14 replies)
10 PRINT "Your Mum"
20 GOTO 10
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:20, Reply)
Has anyone said B3ta yet?

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:14, 1 reply)
and condescending pillocks asking people to be funny and polite on here

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:10, 2 replies)
That as soon as there's any mention of patriotism/national identity...
...somebody gets paranoid that it will descend into racist babblings.

Not sure if I love, hate or am mildly amused by that but it's a product of many things over a long period of time.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:10, 5 replies)
Tell you what I don't like
Wreckers of law and order. Communists, Maoists, Trotskyists, neo-Trotskyists, crypto-Trotskyists, union leaders, Communist union leaders, atheists, agnostics, long-haired weirdos, short-haired weirdos, vandals, hooligans, football supporters, namby-pamby probation officers, rapists, papists, papist rapists, foreign surgeons - headshrinkers, who ought to be locked up, Wedgwood Benn, keg bitter, punk rock, glue-sniffers, "Play For Today", Clive Jenkins, Roy Jenkins, Up Jenkins, up everybody's, Chinese restaurants
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:09, 6 replies)

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:06, 2 replies)
Only 446?
I'm disappointed in you, Britain.
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(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:02, Reply)
The biggest problem with Britain
Is that one can nonce-punch a copper and get away with prior infractions as a result.

edit: And minorities.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:01, 6 replies)
And that's WHY I hate Britain.
ANY cunt can come first.
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