(1)We have no toll roads
(2)We operate a welfare state
(3)Free hospital/health care to our entire population
(4)Free education for our youth
(5)Everyone is entitled to a government pension and care in their old age
(6)Our unemployed and homeless are housed and given an allowance
Mate, let me clue you in on something - i'm a UK resident (the rest of my family is British) [
)] I wasn't taking the mick with what i was saying. But let me answer the above topics you raised:
Canada offers the same as you claim in Britian and yet their fuel is MUCH cheaper. The cheek is i can fuel my car here using BP (as in British Petroleum) for a fifth of what you pay.
Secondly, you do operate a toll road - the first one, designed to run parallel with the M6.
We in America also offer social services including free healthcare for poor & retired people including free prescriptions, unemployment benefits and welfare (if you can't work), disability and social security - a pension for the aged. And despite what you may have heard, we offer free clinics and no hospital can refuse a patient in need of emergency care no matter if they have health insurance coverage or not. That's the law. Yet we can get away without fleecing the motoring public at large.
Your free education no longer applies to Uni/College as your students are laden with top-up-fees, 25 year student loans and tuition. Thank New Labor for that one. [
!] Our education is also free up to Uni (unless you wish to pay for private tuition) and our State colleges and State Uni's are subsidized.
If the unemployed are housed and given a stipend, then how comes there's plenty on the street of London, Leeds, etc. panhandling and sleeping in the rough?? Here in the USA, we have women having babies without a husband just to get free housing and benefits - just like what happens in the UK.
Anyway you probably thought I was Yank that was not clued into British mainstream (granted most Yanks aren't). On the contrary, I lived in Britian for many years and left recently, since it's become too dear for me to live there under New Labor. Bad enough my council taxes have risen 60% under their regime (yes I own two homes in Britian yet).
Getting back to the point, America is getting the A-class Merc in late 2004 http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1123784&posts=29&fid=8 including the Smart car. Perhaps it's time to emigrate geezer! [
] No heated words here, just clearing up some issues - you're alright in my book - the fact that your a Brit and a Merc owner sees to that [