Podcast and video coming soon.
This country has become the laughing stock of the world. Crime is rising across our cities, while respect for the United Kingdom overseas is plummeting thanks to our incompetent leaders and embarrassingly dysfunctional political system. In the 1970s we were called the ‘sick man of Europe’ and now sadly the patient is terminal. The NHS is falling apart, we have one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world and the cost of housing is obscene. And that’s not to mention the growing awareness of what many see as the bitter legacy of Britain’s imperial crimes overseas and Britain’s racist treatment of its ethnic minorities. Great Britain? That’s an oxymoron.
That’s the view of the miserablists. But have things in Britain really become so bad? After all, Britain is still one of the most free, open and tolerant societies in the world. We are home to the mother of all parliaments, picturesque countryside, dynamic cities, the Premier League, roast dinners, The Beatles, orderly queuing, the Queen and David Attenborough. Although our record is far from perfect, we have managed to build an inclusive and diverse multicultural society – one that is more welcoming and open-minded than those of our neighbours. According to a recent study, British attitudes towards immigration are more positive than anywhere else in Europe. Forget the cynics and pessimists – we still have much to be proud of as a country.
Speakers are subject to change.