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3.2 Million french people on strike/protesting.

Why...retirement age gone up to 62.

UK, retirement age likely to reach 70. Already much higher than France anyway,

Everyone in the EU should be equal :rolleyes:

UK House prices a joke.

UK banks un-regulated money printing thieves.

So, please, someone tell me WHY aren't there 60 Million British People ( or at least 40 million British and 20 million immigrants ) not stood right not in London with flaming torches ?

WHY WHY WHY ?

Is it because the working man/woman is in the minority ?

Is it something they put in the water ?

IS IT JUST PLAIN OLD STUPIDITY ?

Is it effective government propoganda ?

Is it the cushy easy benefit filled live most lead ?

WHY?

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3.2 Million french people on strike/protesting.

Why...retirement age gone up to 62.

UK, retirement age likely to reach 70. Already much higher than France anyway,

Everyone in the EU should be equal :rolleyes:

UK House prices a joke.

UK banks un-regulated money printing thieves.

So, please, someone tell me WHY aren't there 60 Million British People ( or at least 40 million British and 20 million immigrants ) not stood right not in London with flaming torches ?

WHY WHY WHY ?

Is it because the working man/woman is in the minority ?

Is it something they put in the water ?

IS IT JUST PLAIN OLD STUPIDITY ?

Is it effective government propoganda ?

Is it the cushy easy benefit filled live most lead ?

WHY?

FEAR IMO. They have achieved a critical mass of people that have bought into the debt based ponzi scheme and people are too scared of losing (jobs, housing equity, investments etc.) to do anything about it. I don't think the situation was created by design (certainly not by the government because they aren't smart enough), but it's an unexpected bonus of the artificial boom and they'll gladly take it. It's a shame, I love a good riot.

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One aspect of it stems from the "keeping up with the Jones's" mentality - few people like to admit they have problems but our continental cousins have fewer qualms about going public about their predicament. The Brits tend to suffer in silence and care more about keeping up appearances than speaking out.

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The french are more socialist. Although at the same time more individualistic.

Anyway, you can retire whenever you want, you just have to save and invest more and spend less.

Its a pretty simple concept.

Theres also the small matter of people not paying for what they consume by means of passing it on to the next generation of folk in debt, so it doesnt really feel like a hard deal to a lot of people (because its not). If taxes across the board rose the 50% or so needed to plug the deficit, then obviously people might be a bit more sympathetic to spending cuts.

As it stands, most are not fully aware of the crushing, obscene cost of public services, because at the moment, theyre not actually payinf for a significant fraction of them.

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We had a Big Society which enabled protest and argument.

Bit by bit it has been dismantled. Large industrial units gone. Established inner city housing and communoties, gone. Trades Unions, gone. Points of reference replaced by television values. Common standards and philosophy, gone.

Now, each man is an island entire unto himself.

Even the high point of Victorian individualism had structures which gave people identity.

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France has very strond Trade Unions, they have lots of power and are not often told that they cannot organise a protest because of some weird legal point that has not been respected.

UK trade unions powers has been dismantled during the 70s and 80s as a result nobody is in the street and everybody is looking at each other thinking: " Are other people also thinking that there is something wrong or am I the only one in this situation?"

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No idea. Depressing!

Only reason I'm still here is good job and girlfriend here.

Some guy from the States is trying to poach me for an engineering job. Salary is more than double what I get in the UK - tempting but I really love the place I work for here. A real tester for me!

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So, please, someone tell me WHY aren't there 60 Million British People ( or at least 40 million British and 20 million immigrants ) not stood right not in London with flaming torches ?

Because we can't afford the train tickets to London :)

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Why? because we have never had it so good, if we needed money we take it from our houses, our cards or ask the friendly bank manager who would always assist....early days who knows what the future holds. ;)

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You have somewhere to live,

The Frenchies have somewhere to live too, it cost less than your house, it is nicer, and the weather is better.

you have plenty to eat

The Frenchies have plenty to eat too, except their food is a lot nicer.

, you are in good health?

The Frenchies are in good health too, their health service is better than ours and marching in protests is a way to get a workout, and it is a way to release stress and pent up tension.

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The reason we havn't taken to the streets is because we're smarter than the French.

The French believe that the goverment can legislate away all their problems so they protest in the hope that something will be done. The British by and large know that interventionist solutions only create bigger problems down the line, so we're less likely to protest the gov't.

In time the French will catch up.

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3.2 Million french people on strike/protesting.

Watching reports, about 2m of those seem to be students who would protest against the big man for any reason.

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Watching reports, about 2m of those seem to be students who would protest against the big man for any reason.

Even so they can have the pleasure of paying more for others pensions they will never get to enjoy.

Ive heard of protesting in your own interests, but against them??!!

Only in france.

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The reason we havn't taken to the streets is because we're smarter than the French.

The French believe that the goverment can legislate away all their problems so they protest in the hope that something will be done. The British by and large know that interventionist solutions only create bigger problems down the line, so we're less likely to protest the gov't.

In time the French will catch up.

I guess here there is also the realization that all three 'parties' are in fact, one party, despite all the politicians gesticulations to the contrary. So strikes at a state level are largely pointless.

Maybe in France there is still a discernable difference between the parties, i dont know.

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Certainly no call to revolution from me, I dont care about the UK, not staying there, not coming back. It's a s*** place to live. That's why i've not looked out my torch!!!

I'm just amazes and would like to understand the pysche of the pathetic british population that can let a few thousand bankers/politiicians flog them till they are dead an there is no reaction.

That's odd.,

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Revolution isn't in the culture? We still have our Royal family after all..

And the German and Greek ones too? :huh:

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3.2 Million french people on strike/protesting.

Why...retirement age gone up to 62.

UK, retirement age likely to reach 70. Already much higher than France anyway,

Everyone in the EU should be equal :rolleyes:

UK House prices a joke.

UK banks un-regulated money printing thieves.

So, please, someone tell me WHY aren't there 60 Million British People ( or at least 40 million British and 20 million immigrants ) not stood right not in London with flaming torches ?

WHY WHY WHY ?

Is it because the working man/woman is in the minority ?

Is it something they put in the water ?

IS IT JUST PLAIN OLD STUPIDITY ?

Is it effective government propoganda ?

Is it the cushy easy benefit filled live most lead ?

WHY?

Judging from the many posts on this forum welcoming the cuts, I would say that many Brits are happy to embrace their own serfdom.

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Judging from the many posts on this forum welcoming the cuts, I would say that many Brits are happy to embrace their own serfdom.

You really haven't a clue, have you?

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You really haven't a clue, have you?

Just thought of an acronym for the mumsnet thread:

UI = Useful Idiot (Useful to the Powers that Be)

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  • 259 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
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