No offense to the Brits, but England is becoming a pretty messed up country.
They may have socialized medicine, but I remember seeing an infographic or some other intraweb diagram breaking the number of MRI machines by country and they have the fewest. Good luck getting one timely, if you ever really need one, but at least it will be free.
Also, the gun laws are screwy. There was an article of a former UK soldier who found a bag of guns somebody dumped in his yard. Now this guy was a combat veteran I believe, and he went and turned them in to the police. He ended up getting a long prison sentence. I’m not sure if he got reprieved or not, but he still had the hassle of defending himself for being a good citizen and I’m not sure he got the reprieve in the first place. A combat veteran, rotting in prison, for doing his duty as a good citizen.
Sad really, for a country w/ a proud history of being asskickers.
Agreed on the MRI - I’ve been trying to get one for 15 months and each time get given the run around. In that time, my legs have gotten worse, yet I’m no closer to getting one. Imagine three specialists telling you that you need one, and the hospital still refusing to take their opinion into account. Yeah. You’ve definitely got a big point there.
Otherwise, we do sit behind many other european countries in many social statistics, which is also not nice. I think that the lack of consistency in how we punish or rehabilitate offenders etc. is a bit of a cock up.
I’ve myself been mugged twice (once at knife, and once at screw-driver point) - they caught the guy and then never charged him. I got no explanation from the police (something about paperwork filled in wrong)