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What's the UK like these days?


hallicks

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I've been abroad for almost 4 years. I try to follow UK news where I can (bbc, articles from newpapers, facebook links etc), but I feel like I've lost touch a lot. Probably more because most of my friends are quite liberal, most of what I see is news about Cameron privatising everything, people having to work to earn their benefits, higher education once again becoming a privilege of the wealthy, voter suppression and so on, but nobody seems to care. From here, everything just seems so bleak, especially for the poor. So, good people of Blighty, what's it really like at the moment? Are people downtrodden? How do you feel about the future? Have people's quality of life decreased since 2010?

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It's not that bad. I'm not wealthy, and I'm at uni. That's not real debt. My personal quality of life is way better than it was five years ago. And at the end of the day, that's what it's going to come down to: how someone is personally doing.

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I think it's pretty good. No complaints here. The EU debate is really fucking tiresome though especially as most people's opinions seem to be based on Buzzfeed articles. And BBC News has gone to the dogs. But everything else is better than I remember it being 5 or so years ago.

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The weather's mental. UKIP, terrorism and the referendum mean that the racists are more vocal than any other time since the turn of the century because they can hide behind saying it's their "political views." Selfie culture, more apps and people instagramming their dinner means you're far more likely to think "twat" on a regular basis when you're out and about, the kids start their binge drinking on Thursday nights and just work hungover on Fridays meaning the rest of us have to work harder, and the biggest tossers grew topknots.

 

On the bright side, the football's slightly more interesting these days and we're doing pretty well at porn.

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The standard of driving on the roads is as horrific as house prices in the south east.

 

Distraction politics is bullshit. Announce a ridiculous policy. A couple of days later announce a slightly less insane policy which seems tame in comparison, but it would have seemed ridiculous prior to the bonkers announcement.

 

Apart from that we still make a good cup of tea.

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People have it generally easy and just spend their time on social media posting news about Cameron privatising everything, people having to work to earn their benefits, higher education once again becoming a privilege of the wealthy, voter suppression and so on so that their friends think they're lovely. Then they get all upset when elections and referendums happen and it turns out their social media echo chambers were a bit removed from reality. Also, Amazon Prime Now has happened and it's quite good.

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Not noticed a difference, the media present a very different picture to as is. Basically same old same old. a few lil Englanders, bigots etc but most of the rest are earning a crust, getting on with it, trying not to get caught in the crisis of the week

Tota;lly oblivious to Brexit stuff mainly cos not allowed t vote this time around, baws...

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