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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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London 2012
Now I'm not one given much to jingoism/nationalism but there have been rare occasions when I feel proud to be British. Mostly these reasons are tea related but one national even sticks out in my mind.

Obviously I'm not talking about the Olympics here but the rioting that happened just prior. Watching the news I saw gangs of yoof hurling bricks , bottles and the odd molotov at the police. The police themselves where fighting back with baton charges and tear gas. I was awestruck, this was it I was watching London, our nations capital burn. This was was the setting to this gleaming moment of national pride that I felt.

You see, in the midst of all this carnage and anarchy the rioters had managed to break open the shutters of an electronics store. As the missiles flew and the fires raged around these rioters formed an orderly queue to loot it .

I honestly felt like standing up and saluting the telly.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:00, 27 replies)
I like this
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:08, closed)

...but then there was this person, snapped looting crisps from Poundland. That was it. Her carpe diem moment - crisps from Poundland. This shows a distinct lack of ambition, and makes me a bit ashamed of the entire country.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:11, closed)
More sensible than the others,
at least the evidence can be eaten before the police start searching houses
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:24, closed)

You'd have thought so, but she got 8 months.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:28, closed)

Clearly a rustling offence. Agricultural law is hardcore.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:30, closed)
Pinch 'em, swipe 'em, stick 'em in your coat

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:36, closed)
That is fantastic.
Reminds me of an article in the local rag about about an obese woman who held up a cheesecake shop, but was a bit out of shape, and was caught waddling down the road with a fistful of cash and a partially eaten cake.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:46, closed)
They ought to base Batman villains on these people.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:53, closed)
the waddler!

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 22:32, closed)
the best thing about those riots
was when all the simpering liberal types who had enthused about the students' riots the previous year did a total U-turn and condemned them

on that day, I learned that senseless violence and vandalism is only OK if the violent parties are mainly white and upper-middle class
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 21:19, closed)
As a simpering liberal type,
I particularly enjoyed the riots. Mainly because they occurred nowhere near where I live.
(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 9:12, closed)
Our local paper was doing nervy paranoid stories insinuating that the violence would reach us ANY DAY NOW.
I think a bin got set on fire or something.
I live in Dorset.
(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 9:47, closed)
Careful of those hooligans in Shaftesbury.

(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 10:20, closed)
What if they become ruffians?

(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 10:31, closed)
If you corner them they may become scallywags.

(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 11:16, closed)
The hooligans are loose the hooligans are loose

(, Wed 9 Oct 2013, 16:11, closed)
I liked the simpering liberal types who tried to justify them, saying it was about the subjugation of the poor and downtrodden.
For me the stand-out image was of Clapham high-road, with all the sports shops and electronics shops turned over, and the Waterstones in the middle untouched.

Aaaalll about subjugation, that's right.
(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 10:19, closed)
Swipe yourself an e-reader from the electronics shop, then go home and load it up with out of copyright classics.
Mind broadened, without any need to cart off a load of heavy books (which would otherwise increase your chances of being picked up by the fuzz).
Honestly, Vaggy, you don't give people enough credit.
(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 13:14, closed)
what's the bet that those justifiers lived in gated communities and had a private security firm at their door 24/7?

(, Sat 5 Oct 2013, 0:55, closed)

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