Sorry you’ve had such shitty experiences. It’s probably a lot nicer and easier if you’re female. Good news, the car crime thing is apparently not a big deal any more due to better security features. I don’t know; I wouldn’t ever buy a car.
Chav kids on buses. Never seen it, but I’m sure it exists in big cities where you have those huge long routes that go through peasant settlements.
There is still organised crime; it’s just, erm, ‘organised’; its remit is to make money, not kneecap gobby kids. There are ways, still - you just have to know who to talk to. My sister got burgled three times a few years ago; then we found someone to have a word. The majority of people don’t get protection from their friendly Ronnie Kray time - people like that see people like you as fair game, not someone who gets free protection. I remember the police being completely disinterested whenever people I knew were burgled, even when it was clearly an inside job by ‘security guards’. These things also rely on guanxi in Taiwan, especially if you’re a foreigner.
Burglary is a lot less prevalent than during the Thatcher years because the resale value of cheap Chinese made electronics provides no margin. Why steal a £15 DVD player?
Anyway; of course the south of England’s a shithole. The north, Scotland and Wales are far nicer. The population is not as dense, so you aren’t cheek by jowl with the urban poor, tourists, and illegal immigrants all day.
I suppose my conclusion is; my experience has been that the UK is far less dangerous than I assumed it was when I lived abroad. Of course, it’s not Xanadu, but it’s far nicer than I assumed it would be. Fortunately, we’re all in a position to be able to choose where we live.
blue, you’re getting dangerously close to tommy territory.
I think Butter is the nationalistic sort. You can tell can’t you?
Hardly. I’m very interested in how expats relate to things, as confirmation bias and rejection of home culture is widespread.
I have lived in the UK before too…experienced my fair share of both subtle and explicit racism
The UK’s penal system is just too lenient and the state just takes care of everything, that is why some kids turn out like that. If I were a chav I would be thinking…why find a job when I can live off benefits? yeah so I rob this guy, I get what, 2 years, 1 year out on tag. HM prisons are so comfy, you’ve got a couch, tv, lots of reading materials, psp, swimming pools, free food, free medical care, free degrees, free catalogue shopping from avons, lots of free tea, free gym, free classes, hanging out with the boys, chilling on taxpayer’s money.
I’ve experienced ‘racism’ all over Asia, as a white person. To generalise, the population of any country has a significant proportion of people who simply don’t want immigrants, legal or illegal, tourists, students, expats, anyone. And in a country with a high tax burden, where all are legally entitled to free schooling and healthcare, people resent the financial burden, whether you see this as correct or incorrect. There’s plenty of resentment against foreigners in Taiwan, when the majority of ‘westerners’ are college educated and pay more tax than locals, and have very few rights. Imagine how that would play out in Taiwan, when you see those ‘benefit scroungers’ you see in England, and they aren’t even British, don’t speak and English, etc, etc. A lot of racism comes from the perception that immigrants in Britain have a lot of rights, but few responsibilities.
And even if foreigners DO pay their way: so what? As a Canadian friend explained to me about how he understood when Taiwanese people were so racist sometimes; just because you put gas in the engine from time to time, doesn’t mean you chipped in to buy the car.
Like it or not - there are laws to protect you from racism. We also give away enormous amounts of money in foreign aid, educational charities and scholarships, etc. However; you can’t move to a tiny island en masse and expect the entire population to like and accept it, however middle class people (whose children don’t go to schools where English is a minority language, or are not denied social housing because it’s given to asylum seekers from whatever conflict du jour) may decry this, and sneer at the people who live with having to share everything with people whose parents didn’t pay for it.
Having returned to my country, after having lived all over the world, I have a wider view. But I’m lucky; I’m relatively wealthy and educated. You can piss on the place where you live, or you can accet its faults and try to make it better.
Screw the Human Rights Act. They should have Singapore’s prison system there and in the US. It is freaking inhumane. We will see if these tough guys are really that tough as they make themselves out to be. They will be crying their asses off I guarantee you that.
So … Asia is better with no human rights? Was this what you were saying in your other thread.