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Bad influence

Being an expat Brit, I am often asked why I would never consider going back to UK. Maybe at one time I would have been more open to that move, but now having had our first child there is not only our life to consider, we must consider the future of our child, even future children. So it is with some reassurance that I see one of today’s stories in the BBC…

UK youths ‘among worst in Europe’
Britain’s youth are among the most badly behaved in Europe, a study by a think-tank has suggested.
On every indicator of bad behaviour – drugs, drink, violence, promiscuity – the UK was at or near the top, said the Institute for Public Policy Research.

[Source – BBC News]

I have always had my doubts about the education system, and the influences within society were never going the right way. Certainly the influences on children are not going the right way. I feel assured that we have made the right decision, staying away from this undesirable influence and the deteriorating  attitude that society, in general, seems to have. The less said about the politics the better. Its been going the wrong way for a long time, and the over liberal attitudes and erosion of family values and respect has led to this kind of story making the news-wires all over the world.

Whilst the report states that the UK is amongst the worst in Europe (so not alone), it does mean that we can make a clear, informed choice when choosing whether or not to ever return. We not only have to consider whether or not we want to live in a shallow, overly consumer orientated country with questionable liberal values that do nothing for the majority of the populous. This is never to imply that other countries are any better or worse – having lived elsewhere in Europe for over 6 years now I am very much aware of this reality – but other countries in Europe do not seem to be sliding in the same direction as the UK is. In certain areas maybe they are, but not across the board, in every respect.

Its not all bad, and at least we can make an informed decision if ever the opportunity arises, is that opportunity really worth it. “Never say never”

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Categories: Journal, Opinion
  1. 24 Nov 2006 at 01:56

    Makes you glad to have left doesn’t it 🙂

    We moved to Ireland from the UK and I’m thinking along quite similar lines to you!

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