Jumping Ship

Ok, Every country has people leaving, and people coming. Not everyone is happy with his or her country regardless of where they are in the world; this is not something unique to England or the UK.

But what is clear is that large numbers of native-born English are leaving or wanting to leave the UK and it is much larger then ever before and whilst I could not find proper statistics it’s suppose to be in the 100,000’s every year. And much higher than most western nations.

So why are people leaving? It is rather depressing when you think about it; I’m sometimes left thinking I’m going to be the last one left. I was watching some TV show on BBC a while ago who said that 25% of all people who leave England return within 2 years, but regardless of how many realise what a mistake they made the fact they leave says something.

I mean where did it go wrong? Certainly the events of the last 13 years have some bearing on it, though the rot goes back much further. Multiculturalism, the supposed solution of tolerance and equality has failed, though if I am brutally honest, fuck multiculturalism. Differences do not unite us, by their very definition they can’t.

How on earth can we feel united or a part of a group of people when we live amongst others who are so different to us and wont integrate with us as there is no compulsion to do so, and the state say it’s ok for them to do live just as they like because it’s their culture. Though that doesn’t seem to stop anyone having a go at my culture, seems like that’s a cultural thing too. Though this isn’t really a bash at multiculturalism, it just seems that even the basic building blocks of how our society works are failing and set to fail and multiculturalism is part and parcel of that failing.

If we want to feel as a nation or a part of a group we need something that unites us as group or nation, multiculturalism doesn’t do that, so its no wonder nobody feels that England has no common identity because the truth is it doesn’t anymore as only the English weren’t permitted to be anything other than British in the eyes of the UK state, and so there is little that unites us anymore as a homogeneous group, it’s just not allowed. I mean look at Canada and America, they handle immigration much better than the UK though mostly in England.

Because they have forced their national identity on people coming into those countries and as such they all have something in common, which is the national identity. We don’t seem to do that in England out of fear of being called racist and an adherence by the state and its minions to failed doctrines where they’ll fine someone who burns a poppy in public on armistice day £50 and yet will send someone to prison for 70 days for burning the idiots bible Koran

When I sit down and list what is wrong with this country; I come up with something like this:

Too many people, the division of the classes, high cost of living, working everyday just to chase the bills, the M25, no sense of wellbeing, feeling like an outsider in your own country, generally miserable people, driving anywhere, a government that finds a new way to grind you down everyday, the constant bad news, the ‘English Pub’ no longer exists, somewhere safe for my kids to grow up, knowing that however hard you try – it will always be taken off you by politicians, the lack of identity for the country we grew up in that has somehow slipped away, stamp duty, death duties, red-tape, people that win the lottery and don’t do anything with it, celebrity fixated media, reality tv shows, road rage, air rage, trolley rage, price of fuel, antagonistic Muslim clerics, antagonistic Muslims, spiralling crime, speed cameras for profit, congestion charges, the price of train travel, the lack of manners or courtesy, the collapse of our pension funds, untouchable criminals aged 6 to 15, public transport, the general state of politics all being in the middle ground, chavs, state spongers, corrupt politicians, loss of civil liberties, the EU, I could go on, and on, and on.

These are not all views I hold by the way, these are just reasons that people all seem to complain about. But when you look at that list, it does seem very overwhelming and how on earth would you even go around fixing it? Just through simply voting how on earth could one hope to even be able to fix half of those? It seems every half-arsed attempt to fix these problems falls flat on its face, our politicians have successfully bound their hands with EU legislation. And it’s no wonder then when you think about it why people are……..well jumping ship, though the collapse of the cheaper southern EU states might well leave them wondering why they bothered, still there are always other countries to jump ship too.

14 comments for “Jumping Ship

  1. William
    April 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

    When I was a 17 year old apprentice plumber (1988) let out into the big world of VSEL’s nuclear shipyard I was apprenticed to a plumber who responded to the ‘morning hooter’ with the yell ‘Everybody Happy!’ at the top of his voice. Made for a seriously scary first day as I really though I had entered an asylum.

    There were almost three hundred plumbers, coppersmiths, labourers, cleaners, charge hands, foremen, head foremen, clerks and apprentices in that workshop. Almost every one of them were ‘characters’ of one form or another.

    The same was true when I returned home to my mother and father’s council house which was in a block of four which were arranged in blocks of four or two around a central playing field that was just grass except for four swings.
    The majority of the occupants of those houses had lived through the Second World War and all of their children knew hardship, not poverty but hardship, and they too were all characters.

    Being slightly mad or totally bonkers is frowned upon today. We all have to be the same or else we will get fined, pilloried, excommunicated.

    It is the madness of the English that has disappeared over my fifty years and I have only just realised this after reading your post and writing this comment out. How sad is that?

    • April 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

      There are still a few of us left William, have a read of the rest of the posts.

      • April 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

        But getting fewer…

    • April 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Eccentricity was once appreciated – or at least tolerated. These days we are all expected to conform to some sort of homogeneous happy big society – right size, right weight, right thoughts, don’t smoke and don’t drink more than the government says is good for us. Stuff that!

      I came back for one reason and one reason only. Loss of work and coming back was the only way out of an impossible situation. In retrospect, we should have waited longer and gone with a view of earning our living there rather than me commuting back to the UK to work. It left us vulnerable.

      Given the choice, I’d still be there, not here.

      • nisakiman
        April 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        “Eccentricity was once appreciated – or at least tolerated. These days we are all expected to conform to some sort of homogeneous happy big society – right size, right weight, right thoughts, don’t smoke and don’t drink more than the government says is good for us.”

        Very true. It was the very eccentricity of the people that made Britain Great. It drove the industrial revolution and created the empire. I shudder when I look at the current road the UK is on. Risk-free, communitarian obscurity seems to be the ultimate aim. “Mediocrity for all!” is the clarion call of the day.

        I bailed out years ago. There didn’t seem to be any alternative worth considering.

        • Gary
          May 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

          I lived for 9 years in Croatia – Recently communist.

          I now live in Spain – an ex fascist state.

          Despite their recent histories, both places are much more libertarian than the UK. My country has gone, forever I fear.

          There’s no way back. Other than revolution.

  2. April 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    You are dead right William… when was the last time you had a good banter with a stranger? When was the last time you met someone under 40, who could banter?

    • William
      April 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

      It was as long ago as the last time I saw a copper walking on the streets where I live in a short sleeved white shirt with only his or her common sense, logic and wit as stab protection!

      • April 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        And did you think of that copper ‘My, don’t they look young these days!’..? :mrgreen:

  3. microdave
    April 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    It would have been about the time said copper gave me a bollocking for riding my bike on the pavement while doing a paper round…

    Or even a few years later when one of his colleagues pulled me over for doing a wheel-spinning departure from the local pub – he could have thrown the book at me, but I just got a stern lecture. The humiliation of being seen by all my mates did the rest!

    A far cry from the YouTube videos posted almost daily showing how out of control they are now.

  4. April 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    “It is rather depressing when you think about it; I’m sometimes left thinking I’m going to be the last one left.”

    No, you’ll have company. It’d have to get much, much worse before I’d consider leaving the country of my birth.

    • April 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      I think that if Labour had been despatched to political oblivion earlier I might have hung on but I couldn’t take another day with that grasping leeching bunch of shits at the helm. That was before even Snot Gobbler took over.

    • Peter Whale
      May 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      It will.

  5. john in cheshire
    April 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    You would think there would be a sizeable number of similarly dissatisfied ex-servicemen and women who have the training and expertise to launch a coup d’etat. I wonder if any of them have started thinking that way because for a rebellion to be successful the rebels need to be able to think and act like the enemy. Libya demonstrates that, doesn’t it?

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