Here's a question for you, what do the following countries have in common:
Finland - According to Lempo Finland are as bad as us and thus should be excluded from the list
Yes indeed, they are all members of the Eurozone. But that's not it. Can you tell which country is missing? That's right, Ireland. So what have these countries got in common with each other that excludes the Irish Republic?
Easy, none of them have a paranoid requirement to be liked. None of these countries care one jot what anyone else thinks about them, and most of them take a lot of pleasure about being disliked. These countries have great pride in terms of status in the world and how they are looked upon politically, economically and in some cases militarily. But unlike ourselves, they don't have this pathological desire to be liked by all and sundry.
In fact, there is only one other country in Europe that shares ours self-obsessed desire to be liked.
Both of us hate criticism and obsess about our national image in relation to others. But there is a critical difference between the UK and us. The UK has a very heightened sense of what is right, just and fair. This allows then to sack politicians and men of influence and power. This allows them to stand tall and proud when faced with what they perceive as bullying tactics by larger countries or groups.
Unfortunately, we don't have this heightened sense of justice. That's not to say that we don't understand what is right or wrong, we just don't actually do anything about it.
We appease, others oppose
We give in, others give out
We take a soft line, they take a hard line
We wait patiently, with begging bowl, in line, while other just take what they want
And we do this, because we want to be liked. Because we are worried about our image. Because of this, we are where we are.
Well, we should be happy, people still like us....