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
5. New Zealand
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.