Rant: England and the Winter


I really need to have a rant about the English and the Winter. Often, people talk about England whilst meaning Britain. However, I have lived in Scotland for a few years and my wife is Scottish.

So this rant is really about the English and them not being able to cope with a few inches of snow. The trains are not working, the roads are not cleared of snow, emergency services have problems, no public transport, people cannot go to work, no alternative, people falling over and break their bones……

Not sure if I need to carry on. I don’t want to know how much it costs for us to pay for 1 day of economic standstill in a recession. Not everyone can work from home. I am sure that our train services will make up for it with increased train fares next year, won’t they? Or higher council tax?

Their website dies of too many people accessing their sites – are we living in the stone age? Would you not expect people to access the Internet and phone numbers to get information whether their trains are running.

Lets put Monday to rest. As Boris said, London was not prepared and doesn’t need to as it only happens every 18 years…..so if the recession only occurs every 10 years, we don’t need to prepare for that either, right? Or the sun exploding every 1,000,000 years?!

What about today. 1 day, 24 hours or 12 days after we knew there is this arctic weather coming – still no snow ploughs in the side street, icy public foot paths, and on top of that icy stairs at the train station.

Who pays for the people falling down those stairs? I slipped but luckily nothing happened. My wife being pregnant – my neighbour being 92 – who cares about them? The council who asks me for my council tax every month obviously doesn’t. I could just only pay my train fare every 18 days or my council tax every 18 months – would they like that? NO!

Enough of a rant. In Germany and Scotland the council would have been well prepared. Clear streets, working transport lines. The whole world looks at England’s snow chaos and laughs about it. How embarrassing.

Thanks for reading. I feel much better now and hope that tomorrow there is a full train service. They did have plenty of warning after all 🙂