Britain most desirable country to live in … not

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In an Australian “stick it up the Poms” article they mention the 30th yearly report, The Quality of Life Index, published by International Living magazine.  Whilst the Australian motivation might be suspect, the problem is that we now have some of the worst living conditions in the world.

To the list of love of TV dinners, binge drinking, less holiday entitlement, climate, crime rate, cost of living, congested roads, overworking in jobs, underworking on benefits and overcrowded cities we might also add the PC madness which caused the swimming pool which was open on Tuesday despite the heating system breakdown to be closed today just in case anyone caught a chill, the snow mayhem in a country which regularly gets snow, conditions in the workplace inimical to productivity, the KPI and NVQ insanity, the shocking state of the NHS, the wheelie bin criminalization of the ordinary man and woman while criminals are let off free, the crippling national debt, the rampant corruption in high places and so on and so on.

The top 25 countries

1. France
2. Australia
3. Switzerland
4. Germany
5. New Zealand
6. Luxembourg
7. US
8. Belgium
9. Canada
10. Italy
11. Netherlands
12. Norway
13. Austria
14. Liechtenstein
15. Malta
16. Denmark
17. Spain
18. Finland
19. Uruguay
20. Hungary
21. Portugal
22. Lithuania
23. Andorra
24. Czech Republic
25. Great Britain

Personally speaking, there are a lot worse than us.  For a start, no one really starves in world terms, the arts, including humour, is good and politeness still exists in pockets.  Let me think if there’s anything else – ummm, the countryside and stately homes are beautiful.

One of the commenters on the French post, Mo, who lives in France, was puzzled by its position at the top. She said France is OK unless you want to get anything done.

10 comments for “Britain most desirable country to live in … not

  1. January 7, 2010 at 21:54

    HPI?

  2. January 7, 2010 at 22:52

    I would have expected Canada to be higher up the list.

  3. January 7, 2010 at 23:02

    It is however full of British people…a bunch that on the whole I rather like.

  4. MTG
    January 7, 2010 at 23:12

    So we beat Afghanistan?

  5. January 7, 2010 at 23:28

    Personally speaking, there are a lot worse than us. For a start, no one really starves in world terms, the arts, including humour, is good and politeness still exists in pockets. Let me think if there’s anything else – ummm, the countryside and stately homes are beautiful.

    Well that about sums it up and why I have never really had a desire to move from these shores except to go to my remote Island. Only friends are invited there and that is just fantasy land 😉

  6. james wilson
    January 8, 2010 at 05:49

    I hear your best talent left two or three centuries ago, so you’re doing as well as can be expected.

  7. January 8, 2010 at 08:26

    I wouldimagine Canada is on it’s way down the list. Same as the US. They seem to have caught the UK PC type bug. Only Oz seems to have caught it and got it out of their system.

    Last year it was a Top 10 wasn’t it. Next year it will have to be the Top 50 to make sure the UK is on it.

    🙁

  8. January 8, 2010 at 09:39

    Well the UK is not really so terrible, just not as good as it was, or could be I guess. Maybe that is why it seems so bad sometimes.

    Things are much nicer, more civilised, away from the really big towns I think.

  9. jpt
    January 8, 2010 at 10:47

    SO undesirable that no-one wants to come here to live. NOT!!!

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