My List Of The Ten Worst Contributors To British Life

Last week I was on the receiving end of brickbats for publishing a list compiled by The Foundation of the ten worst contributors to British life. Here’s my personal list. I await the brickbats.

Inefficient car hire pick-up offices;


Over-complex WiFi log-on procedures;


Greene King’s pub acquisition programme;


Over-priced wireless roaming charges;


Lengthy airport screening procedures;


Blair’s legacy of eroded National values


Non-English-speaking customer service staff;




Menu-driven telephone answering services;


Spotty cellular data services.

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  1. Tony Morris
    May 31, 2011 15:35

    Fair list :-) Especially Blair’s efforts in eroding national values.

  2. David Manners
    May 25, 2011 11:05

    Nice one Sceppers, spot on

  3. Sceptic
    May 25, 2011 10:05

    Can I add one ?
    Blair’s aspirational generation. Roaming groups of ‘graduates’ with worthless socio-media degrees
    from the ‘Universty of Wessex’ who think the world owes them a living and spend time on interminable ‘gap years’ at someone else’s expense (mine probably) ’till they get the jobs they so obviously, richly deserve..

  4. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011 11:50

    Yeah but, no but, yeah but, no!

  5. Nick
    May 24, 2011 11:23

    As an English man living in England. I would have to agree with all of the above. But I would add litter to the top of the list.

  6. Ian King
    May 24, 2011 11:16

    You must have been visiting Eastleigh, then!!

  7. David Manners
    May 21, 2011 11:09

    Excellent, Peter, my all-time favourite pastime

  8. May 21, 2011 10:04

    An evening talking bollox? Works for me.

  9. David Manners
    May 20, 2011 11:26

    Thanks Peter, I thought the same about your list. Sounds like a multi-pint discussion opportunity.

  10. May 20, 2011 11:11

    Bollox just about captures it, I think, David

  11. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 10:56

    Ah Yes, The Heathrow Experience, that is indeed something to be avoided at all costs, cheese, try Gatwick next time you come over – in my experience it’s a lot less stressy.

  12. May 19, 2011 10:44

    My couple would include (though I haven’t been in UK for a while) : Crowds eating cheap curry at midnight and making more noise than the spice’s worth and (as most tourists would agree), the Heathrow experience.

  13. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 08:40

    Here here, Robtronics, I couldn’t agree more – a major pain in the arse

  14. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 08:35

    Steady on, Mike

  15. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 08:34

    you’re right, martijn, no matter how cold it is they seem to go out at night with practically nothing on. Weird and, as you say, very off-putting

  16. martijn
    May 19, 2011 06:23

    one thing that struck me while living in the UK: fat pale women in skimpy outfits. Really, nobody wants to see that fat jiggling around, please cover yourself….

  17. Mike Bryant
    May 18, 2011 19:37

    sulky journalists ????
    just kidding :-)

  18. Robtronics
    May 18, 2011 18:10

    Signed for deliveries… which never arrive on the day you set aside.

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