ABLE AND HOW HQ — So says the announcer on Radio 4 this morning: “Britain short on grit.”
It’s probably wrong in many ways for me to question the determination of my fellow Britain as a naturalised citizen. But I found the radio announcer produced a headline with unexpected poignancy. How good are we at handling the unexpected?
This week’s snow, followed by rain, followed by almost freezing rain, seemed to cause the country to freak out in an unseemly way. The ‘stiff upper lip’ trembled.
Tuesday’s papers celebrated the fun and folly of a country that ground to a halt, while cursing any and everyone for the fact that we don’t have a massive infrastructure for clearing the snow that falls once a generation. (Last night a guy in the pub said “The snow fall of ’62 was definitely worse.” And I knew it was time to go home.)
But why complain?
A week like this where Britain needs to modify its behaviour, where real change comes to each of our doorsteps, is what makes us feel alive. Deep down we love it.
We’re putting out some research on Monday that shows, remarkably, that even in a world that seems to be throwing up horrible headlines, most of us are quietly quite happy at work.
Change is good!
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