Five things I like about Britain
- The countryside: maintained largely by farming, dependent primarily on European markets, supported by European funding and subject in environmental terms to EU directives.
- Eating out: catered for in my part of GB by underpaid, exploited, possibly illicit immigrants.
- Sport: watching and supporting GB teams comprising multi-ethnic athletes and players and a Premiership football side made up largely of foreigners whose skills and contributions make me happy.
- Being able to travel relatively cheaply and easily abroad and with free health cover over much of Europe.
- Accommodating both our colonial past and a unique position in Europe.
Now that’s what I call a proper British meal…
Things I used to like about Britain but we don’t have any more
- The national health service
- Billy Fury
- Political leadership, except in Scotland
- Newspapers with integrity, with only one or two exceptions
- An informed electorate
- “British values”
- Social welfare and a sense of community
- Racial and religious tolerance
- Council houses
- Detached parts of Flintshire
- Fry’s Five Boys Chocolate
Traditional British values coming to the fore again.
Five reasons we shouldn’t feel too bad in Britain in 2017
- We didn’t elect Donald Trump as President
- We didn’t elect Theresa May as Prime Minister
- Parliament can act in Britain’s interests and reject the self-inflicted economic, social and environmental horrors that the Daily Mail, Express and Farage seek to inflict on the nation beyond my lifetime.
- Young people.
- Jose Mourinho may be gone by the end of the season.
The new leader of the western world in full statesman mode
The British PM reminding us that Brexit means Brexit and she has absolutely no idea what to do about it
… but it’s good to know that we have men of stature and integrity to see it through