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.