British values

Tom’s latest [at the time of writing], way too long to summarize, is on what British values really mean.

We’re divided along ideological/PC lines, we’re divided on religion, on gay and straight, on many things today. One thing I’ve been on about for a long time now is the lack of civility, integrity and decency. I don’t mean decency in terms of failing to appreciate the female form but in terms of the way we treat each other and Tom goes into that.

It’s been one of his betes noirs for a long time too:

Lying is in fact the most common activity in Britain today. In my experience, no-one returns a phone call as promised. “I will call you back” seems to be the merest verbal tic, rather like “How are you?” No-one actually expects anything to follow from either remark. The last time my bank told me they would call back I replied “I am sorry, but based on recent experience I have to assume that’s a lie. I will hold until you have the information if you don’t mind.” The bank employee’s indignation seemed to suggest RADA is involved in HSBC’s training programme too.

The rise of the New Chav with a white collar is a matter of chagrin these days, to the point it’s almost time to get out of Britain and leave it to its new dystopia. Which was not the reason I came home. I came back to work back into the society of fiction Tom refers to. There are still isolated pockets of it but these are havens in bland sea of rudeness and appalling taste out there.

4 comments for “British values

  1. March 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Perhaps a return to English values via the longbow is now called for, rather than British values.

  2. March 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Such values of respect for others and consideration for the feelings of others do still exist. You will find them among the indiginous population who live in the rural areas of the UK and among the over 50s in traditional poorer industrial areas.

  3. James Strong
    March 5, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I also lived abroad for some years.
    Coming back I have noticed what seems to me to a significant drop in common courtesy in our public spaces.
    Only one example, which annoyed me greatly but might not seem important to others: a middle-aged couple in a newish 4-wheel drive in a multi-storey car park, take a disabled space, put the appropriate card on the dash board and then WALK up the stairs to the shops.
    Me first, me first, me first…

    Maybe I’m deluding myself, but I don’t think it was like that 15 years ago.

  4. Greg Tingey
    March 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Nothing new any any of this, actually … to those of us who remember Ernest Marples & Robt Boothby, for instance …. ( OR Tom Driberg, for that amtter )

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