Tuesday, 19 November 2013

There appears to be a [British] reluctance to let go of images of past glory

4. I felt that being British in 1975 was like a mental prison. To put it in a nutshell - a backwards-looking rigid society, dependant on its history and old traditions for a sense of identity. I wanted to have European citizenship but settled for being French. I feel I'm also a citizen of Germany, Benelux, Italy... when asked, I say I'm a European. It excites me that that is a "work in progress". The more I return to UK, the more I feel that that decision was the right one - I feel Britain has missed an enormous opportunity to modernise itself mentally and is stuck in a virtual no-man's-land between the dead Empire and the USA. More and more people regret having joined Europe and many friends said the UK should leave. The Brits not only refute Europe intellectually with all sorts of stats about how bad it would be to join the euro etc, but also a large majority of them seem to have some sort of allergy against working in different languages and the concept of compromise for a common gain. Moreover, there appears to be a reluctance to let go of images of past glory. Tony Lark, Neung sur Beuvron, France

BBC News - Twenty readers who switched nationalities

Couldn't have put it better myself.


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