And that corruption is evident is so many trivial, yet irritating ways
Having moved a few months ago from central South London to the suburbs of North London I rapidly developed vehement contempt for a particular breed of dickhead who drives something like this...
and lives somewhere like this...
Fellow inhabitants of Suburban Hell UK will understand
I was with the other 1/2's father in a North London shopping centre the other day and, being from New Zealand, and not understanding how things are done here, he asked us...
'Do people here actually deliberately try and walk into you?'
Of course they do
There really are an awful lot of people in this country who, after 20 years of unparalleled economic expansion, have been rendered incapable of aspiring to anything more than being arseholes in public places and living in a Mock Tudor plastic mansionette with a BMW X3 parked outside
And that, sadly, is the high water mark
The economic tide is now turning
A couple of friends of mine from 'Up North are of the firm opinion that the majority of British people will simply revert back, and be capable of reverting back, to a 1950s-paced lifestyle - lots of brown clothing, tinned food and having nothing better, or cheaper, to do than chatting with your neighbours
Some other friends of mine are, I think, holding out for a regression slightly further back in British history to something like 1926
Me, I reckon something like 1381 is nearer the mark...
Come to think of it, what am I doing nicking images from Rent A Peasant when I've got a hard drive filled with pictures of my own family...
Actually, my old folks owned enough land to grow enough food to feed themselves, which puts them light years ahead of the supposedly much wealthier people who live in the UK in 2008
A few posts back someone left a comment along the lines of
'A truly wealthy country is one with abundant natural resources and a well-educated, hard working population which makes things people need' .
I could qualify that a little but I think it's pretty close to the mark
So, how does the UK, or the US, score these days?