England is becoming an increasingly alien place in terms of modern values. Two articles from today’s Daily Mail (a useful repository for stories the other papers are embarrassed to print):
2. Families that refuse even to look for work, finding welfare preferable. Incidentally, I believe this story absolutely. When I lived in England in the early 1980s, I had a friend who spent a miserable summer cleaning up after the elephants at the local zoo. His sister spent the entire summer watching soaps on the “telly” and collecting her welfare check. At the end of the summer, she had almost twice as much money as he did. He was no fool, and vowed never to work again unless he could get a high paying job with his eventual engineering degree.