Re: This country is an embarrassment
Somehow, I gotta agree with the title. Having lived in west (greater) london for the last 10 months (another 2 to go before my work completes here), I believe I've seen enough to conclude that the younger generation of brits are indeed a far cry from the "gentlemen"-ness nature of their forefathers with whom, I've had the uttermost previlage of meeting with, throughout my working career.
Coming from the far east and having lived in many different countries around the world, short term (couple of weeks in Spain, Germany) & long term (8 years in Australia, 6 months in US) I've met many nice brits, some of whom have become very close friends indeed.
Having not visited the UK prior to this project, I jumped at the opportunity...... And boy was I shocked indeed, not to mention disappointed. Why disappointed? Because I've never encountered so much angst, verbal abuse and racist pass .... not from big blokes in hard hats or drunken beggars etc... but from KIDS!
Yep!!! We're talking about maybe the 15-17 years old ... the ones that hang around in big groups (sometimes, even in school uniform) and walk around town looking like a menace. And during weekends, they'll be out on the streets, with a bottle in hand, all drunk, loudmouthed & violent when its not even 9pm... I can't even walk home to my flat from dinner without feeling insecure about the surroundings.
So, if the saying "The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow" stands true, then sorry, but I think the only way UK is headed is downhill, from my observations.
Sorry if I've offended anybody reading this post.