I have sat in front of my laptop for over an hour or so without producing a single sentence, which was rare as I would normally be able to come up with at least some gibberish that would somehow be clobbered into a post.
But not this time for this topic is inherently sensitive.
One thing that struck me when I first arrived in London is how humane the city is - human rights is the rule that governs the society n the UK. There are posters in the Tube providing a number to call to report hate crimes against the gay community, there is a equal opportunity requirement for all jobs (most anyway) and tribunals regularly granting damages to people who suffer discrimination in their workplace.
More importantly, I (an ethnic Chinese) have yet to encounter any forms of racism in the country, which is much more than I can say about some of the other cities that I have visited. For that I am grateful.
Of course, like any other country, the UK has its own issues as well. News of how benefits have been splashed out to people who are seemingly undeserving of it are reported on newspapers on a daily basis. Every other day, I read of yobs (slang term for an uncouth blue collar individual or thug) terrorising law abiding people while police, crushed under loads of paperwork, stood by powerless. Unless you have been living under a rock, you'll hear of how the 24 hours drinking policy have resulted in rise of violent crimes across the nation.
After some time, my amusement turned into frustration. Can someone justify why the taxpayers are paying for breast enlargement for female soldiers? What about paying for a liposuction for a woman and then having her complain about that? And paying off juvenile thugs with treats that most some law abiding children cannot afford?
Unnecessary political correctness has reared its ugly head in all aspect of life in the UK; in schools, hospitals, the police and even the language used.
Let's revisit the policy of 24hr alcohol licensing. One of the main official reason given as why it hasn't been revoke yet is that 'most Britons are responsible drinkers and restricting the hours they can buy alcohol would discriminate them. Am I the only one here who think that roaming the streets at 3am in the morning hunting for cheap booze should hardly be considered as a responsible act? We're not even discussing about the social problems brought about by making alcohol cheap and freely available.
Perhaps I should be thankful that these issues are reported on the media rather than swept under the carpet. But still, does the common sense that Britons were once proud of no longer exist? For more debate on this, refer to the Retreat on Would love to hear your comments on this.
On a lighter note, you can always rely on the Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.