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Why do people hate the UK ?

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This thread is a spin off from recent postings on EF. A light hearted matter about reasons for leaving the UK which turned into a Britain Bashing session has been followed up with some more topics today where the responses that you would expect this or that sort of terrible activity "in the UK".

It all started out very light heartedly and I contributed myself with a mischevious posting or two but I have to honestly say I am taken aback with the amount of genuine hate (not mild disappointment, or tongue in cheek fun-poking but actual serious loathing) for the UK. And not just from UK based or formerly UK based people either. Attacks are from England Expats, but also american, Oz, Kiwi, seemingly everywhere.

There is no fighting back or coming to england's defence in this thread I just wondered why people loath england so much ? I mean what has it done to get to such an utterly desperate external view of itself by other people ?
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Old 21.01.2010, 15:40
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

I thought it was just smug expats dissing England cos they got out - didn't realise it had reached the scales of the American bashing in the Bush years?

Are you sure they hate and are not just pointing out the flaws of the UK whilst praising the aceness that is Switzerland?

Interesting topic...
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

I thought people hated Americans
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

I don't necessarily mind the lousy food, the lousy weather and the garbage in the UK; I just hate generalization threads on EF.....
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I thought it was just smug expats dissing England cos they got out - didn't realise it had reached the scales of the American bashing in the Bush years? .
There are more than just the comparison threads that diss the UK currently and I am sure it didnt use to be this bad (for example, Business man set free after attacking a Burgler, "sounds about right for the UK") and so on.

Perhaps as you say its just our turn after american bashing has gone away.
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

It's all a coy plot to put off all the Immigrants from flocking over there!!

Watch them all go back to old blighty at Christmas! if they loath it that much I dare them to not go back for Christmas ever, or renounce their citizenship!

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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

One theory:

English expats living in Switzerland now get harassed by their fellow UK citizens for living in a "racist" country that doesn't allow minarets, which unwittingly stirs resentment back towards the UK.
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

Love it or hate it, the daily mail and such do produce headlines that grab.

There are a lot negative stories, maybe when you are not living in the uk it is easier to remember these headliners.

Just a theory.
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

From talking to non-UK people here, it would seem they only fly into London and think that is "the UK" anyway.

Nice or sh*te as London might be, there is the rest of England plus three other countries to discover.

More than one person I know has confused Scotland with "northern England".
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

I think it only comes from the boring Brits who decided to move here for an easy life and lower taxes. And maybe the mountains.

I love the UK, most people I know do as well.

Admittedly, there are issues with with abuse of the dole, integration of certain immigrants, and punks with knives. But with the exception of a few regions, it's still a vibrant place.
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Hello.

This thread is a spin off from recent postings on EF. A light hearted matter about reasons for leaving the UK which turned into a Britain Bashing session has been followed up with some more topics today where the responses that you would expect this or that sort of terrible activity "in the UK".

It all started out very light heartedly and I contributed myself with a mischevious posting or two but I have to honestly say I am taken aback with the amount of genuine hate (not mild disappointment, or tongue in cheek fun-poking but actual serious loathing) for the UK. And not just from UK based or formerly UK based people either. Attacks are from England Expats, but also american, Oz, Kiwi, seemingly everywhere.

There is no fighting back or coming to england's defence in this thread I just wondered why people loath england so much ? I mean what has it done to get to such an utterly desperate external view of itself by other people ?
It is funny, but you have really hit on something here. I have been reading all the recent UK bashing and been agreeing with quite a lot of it ....... until my husband just announced that we are going back to London for our anniversary, since when I have been walking on air!!!! I literally cannot wait to get back now and fear that I will not be quite so ecstatic about returning to Switzerland ...
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I think it only comes from the boring Brits who decided to move here for an easy life and lower taxes. And maybe the mountains.

I love the UK, most people I know do as well.

Admittedly, there are issues with with abuse of the dole, integration of certain immigrants, and punks with knives. But with the exception of a few regions, it's still a vibrant place.
I still wonder why they feel so negative towards it though. I'm from Britain and I think its absolutely great back in blighty even though i am out here, yet I seem to be vastly in the minority.
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One theory:

English expats living in Switzerland now get harassed by their fellow UK citizens for living in a "racist" country that doesn't allow minarets, which unwittingly stirs resentment back towards the UK.

to be honest none of my friends or family or acquaintances has even commented on 'racist Switzerland' the news of racist Switzerland didn't really grip the UK

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I still wonder why they feel so negative towards it though. I'm from Britain and I think its absolutely great back in blighty even though i am out here, yet I seem to be vastly in the minority.

I love going back to visit, I love being able to pass the time of day with people in the street, pub, shops, I love the shopping etc.. of course seeing friends and family

but.... i have no idea why but I feel more at home here and am always glad to be back - suppose the life style here has suited us better but it is no reason to bash the UK (which i hold my hand up to having done at times but with fondness )
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

Have you been here recently? I'm still living in the UK for the next two months until i leave for ZCH.

If it not the Albanians gangsters, it's the drunken yobs rule that streets and go around stabbing everyone. it not safe to go out anymore. Prison is a holiday camp, so not even seen as a deterrent. Only this week a 19 year old girl was stabbed on her way home from work. Terrific.

I donít want my children growing up in an environment like this. Oh but donít worry, crime is going down according to brown.. Or is it more that no one can be bothered to report it as nothing gets done anyway. Unless that if you try to be funny and post a picture of a child with a cigarette in their mouth, then god help you!

its the law abiding citizens who are the ones that get crucified when the real criminals go free. Itís a joke

In today's society, you'd be better off living on benefits than actually going to work like the rest of us mugs. Donít get me started on taxes and what I pay my 200GBP a month council tax for as I still cant quite work it out.

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It's just they're so pretentious; it took over an hour for a native English speaker to full up a passport application for my wife of over 5 years and partner of 11 years (known socially to 2 former British Ambassadors) plus a visit to Geneva and a demand for payment. After all this they still got the dates wrong on the visa.

Great Britain, they think they're so superior...we'll join the Euro when the times' right, well i've got news for you, the Euro zone doesn't want the UK any longer.

The well intentioned but ar5e licking of America, the fact they won't accept defeat despite it looking directly in there eyes in Afghanistan. They can't even fund the effort properly. Their instance on being a world power and building nuclear subs and aircraft carriers despite the apparant uselessness of these things.

Take the Chinnook choppers stored up and unusable because of avionic problems and conflicts. (They thought they could do it cheaper than Boeing and it's aready cost twice as much, the first two shipped out to Afghanistan earlier this month)

But most of all there stupid liberal policies trying to fit everybody, everywhere, all the time whilst actually reducing any real British identity that's left.

Ridiculous Health and Safety regulations.

This list just goes on and on and when you compare to other countries you begin to see that most of the legislation is really something that could be associated with PRE potty training !
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It's just they're so pretentious; it took over an hour for a native English speaker to full up a passport application for my wife of over 5 years and partner of 11 years (known socially to 2 former British Ambassadors) plus a visit to Geneva and a demand for payment. After all this they still got the dates wrong on the visa.

Great Britain, they think they're so superior...we'll join the Euro when the times' right, well i've got news for you, the Euro zone doesn't want the UK any longer.

The well intentioned but ar5e licking of America, the fact they won't accept defeat despite it looking directly in there eyes in Afghanistan. They can't even fund the effort properly. Their instance on being a world power and building nuclear subs and aircraft carriers despite the apparant uselessness of these things.

Take the Chinnook choppers stored up and unusable because of avionic problems and conflicts. (They thought they could do it cheaper than Boeing and it's aready cost twice as much, the first two shipped out to Afghanistan earlier this month)

But most of all there stupid liberal policies trying to fit everybody, everywhere, all the time whilst actually reducing any real British identity that's left.

Ridiculous Health and Safety regulations.

This list just goes on and on and when you compare to other countries you begin to see that most of the legislation is really something that could be associated with PRE potty training !
Are you British?????
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It's just they're so pretentious; it took over an hour for a native English speaker to full up a passport application for my wife of over 5 years and partner of 11 years (known socially to 2 former British Ambassadors) plus a visit to Geneva and a demand for payment. After all this they still got the dates wrong on the visa.
Who's pretentious?
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Re: Why do people hate the UK ?

I don't hate the UK at all. The reason I live in Switzerland is because my fiance is Swiss. I miss the UK, people talk to you in the UK!!!
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I don't hate the UK at all. The reason I live in Switzerland is because my fiance is Swiss. I miss the UK, people talk to you in the UK!!!
Absolutely!!!!! And they are polite. And they respect personal boundaries. And they understand the concept of queuing ... need I go on???
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its the law abiding citizens who are the ones that get crucified when the real criminals go free. Itís a joke

In today's society, you'd be better off living on benefits than actually going to work like the rest of us mugs. Donít get me started on taxes and what I pay my 200GBP a month council tax for as I still cant quite work it out.

ImmigrationÖ.the list is endless.
You're a big unfair here: "the criminal" is actually a victim! he got beaten with a stick despite the fact that he had a gun...

He was quietly doing his job in his victim's house when he got assaulted!


I mean the fact that the owner of the house (business man with a familly) is actually working hard to provide the "victim's" benefits, is not an excuse!
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