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    It's official - Britain is shit.

    UK 'officially bottom of pile'






    The UK is the worst place to live in Europe, a survey has found, with one in 10 people considering emigrating


    Published Date: 29 September 2011


    The UK is the worst place to live in Europe, with people getting a "raw deal" on quality of life and high cost of living, a study has revealed.
    Comparison website uSwitch said that things were getting so bad that one in 10 people in this country were considering emigrating.

    France and Spain came out on top of its Quality of Life Index, with the UK bottom of a 10-country league table, covering working hours, VAT, holidays, spending on health and education - and hours of sunshine.

    The UK also came bottom of another table based on the cost of energy, petrol, food, alcohol, cigarettes, and life expectancy.

    Households in the UK struggled with a high cost of living, with food and diesel prices the highest in Europe, while unleaded petrol, alcohol and cigarettes all cost more than the European average, said the report.

    People in the UK now have the lowest holiday entitlement in Europe as well as having one of the highest retirement ages, the study found.

    A survey of over 2,000 adults found their biggest concern was "broken society", as well as the cost of living, crime and violence, while some 5% said they were happy with the UK, with over one in 10 "seriously considering" emigrating.

    France topped the index for the third year in a row, despite the average household annual net income being 7,000 below that of the UK.

    Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said: "Last year at least our neighbours in Ireland were worse off, now we can't even console ourselves with that. We are now officially at the bottom of the pile.

    "We may still be enjoying the fourth highest household income in Europe, but the high cost of living means that we're living to work."

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    Smeg will be simply flabbergasted with this bit of information Harry.

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    Why am I not suprised.

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    Britain's fine if you are loaded, but isn't every place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Smeg will be simply flabbergasted with this bit of information Harry
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Britain's fine if you are loaded, but isn't every place.
    Smeg is loaded, fantasy-wise

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    Apparently, 1 in 10 Brits have emigrated already. Retirees claiming pensions anyway.

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    Still much better than Eastern Europe though, obviously.

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    Smeg's yacht in Bournmouth is up for sale......remains of dead girlfriends included

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    I came back to live in the UK 4 months ago.

    Whenever I tell people that I lived in Thailand for 10 years, without exception their first question is always "Why did you come back ?"

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    What about if you don't drive, don't smoke and don't give a rat's arse about sunshine?

    the 10% probably want to emigrate to Greece where they can retire at 55.

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    I find rainy Britain to be very nice. I always make a point of traveling there when it is cold and rainy. Seems best.

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    Britain is shite .There is nothing GREAT about it any more and i decided last last century that as soon as i reached 55 i"m off,Thailand won that bet ....never looked back....[ YET ]...The country started going down the pan when maggie took the helm. I shit you not.

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    13 years of Labour Party control until 2010 had bugger all to do with it of course

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    I noticed a load of Romanian gypsies,some Somalians,Iraqis,Afghans and a load of other nationalities waiting in a massive backlog of freeloaders waiting to get to the U.K.
    Seems to be a bit of a hold up in France at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    The UK is the worst place to live in Europe, a survey has found, with one in 10 people considering emigrating
    Some f*cking survey..too late many people worked that out long ago and NOT just the UK in Europe by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    The UK is the worst place to live in Europe
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    a 10-country league table
    Europe has shrunk somewhat. Last I knew Europe was made up of 50 countries.

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    Dear Greece,

    You'll get your weather back when you've paid your bills.

    Love from, the UK !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    Still much better than Eastern Europe though, obviously.

    Nice beer in Prague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiejambos
    Britain is shite .There is nothing GREAT about it any more and i decided last last century that as soon as i reached 55 i"m off,Thailand won that bet ....never looked back....[ YET ]...The country started going down the pan when maggie took the helm. I shit you not.
    Get in there Jamie !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattayardm View Post
    I came back to live in the UK 4 months ago.

    Whenever I tell people that I lived in Thailand for 10 years, without exception their first question is always "Why did you come back ?"
    How many of those people actually knew where Thailand was, let alone visited there. I would guess the same people wouldn't last two minutes in Thailand, before they were wishing they were back in old Blighty yardy yardy yah.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamiejambos View Post
    Britain is shite .There is nothing GREAT about it any more and i decided last last century that as soon as i reached 55 i"m off,Thailand won that bet ....never looked back....[ YET ]...The country started going down the pan when maggie took the helm. I shit you not.
    Always makes me laugh when folk trot that old line out. The woman left office 20 bloody years ago for gods sake. Has anyone done anything to change these wrong doings since? Nope, not one. Thats probably because nothing changes, only the faces, and colours (Red, or Blue) When people actually wake up and realise this, then maybe, just maybe, things may change, but I digress.

    I agree, the UK is shit at the moment. Show me somewhere that isnt. Just about every country on the planet is suffering in some way or another, and the ones that aren't, probably will in the near future. Its all good for those who are retired, or are about to, but, those of us who have to still work are pretty much stuck, unless your footloose and free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    I find rainy Britain to be very nice. I always make a point of traveling there when it is cold and rainy. Seems best.
    It beats Seattle winters. Trust me, I know, I used to live in Vancouver.

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    It's official - Britain is shit

    You would not come to that conclusion watching the BBC, what I would do though is ease up on the immigration policies

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bold Rodney View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    The UK is the worst place to live in Europe, a survey has found, with one in 10 people considering emigrating
    Some f*cking survey..too late many people worked that out long ago and NOT just the UK in Europe by the way!
    UK is probably best place in europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostromo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The Bold Rodney View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    The UK is the worst place to live in Europe, a survey has found, with one in 10 people considering emigrating
    Some f*cking survey..too late many people worked that out long ago and NOT just the UK in Europe by the way!
    UK is probably best place in europe
    Really, what do you base that on? I'd rather be in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, or even Greece in its current state than in the UK. For various reasons including sun, women, weed, and general quality of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pattayardm View Post
    I came back to live in the UK 4 months ago.

    Whenever I tell people that I lived in Thailand for 10 years, without exception their first question is always "Why did you come back ?"
    How many of those people actually knew where Thailand was, let alone visited there. I would guess the same people wouldn't last two minutes in Thailand, before they were wishing they were back in old Blighty yardy yardy yah.
    They all seemed to know about Thailand. The impression I got was many of them have dreams of going to live on a paradise island but haven't gotten around to living out their dreams. So when they meet someone who really has lived out their dreams they find it hard to comprehend why anyone would want to return to live in England.

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