Time To Be A Little Less British. Complain.

We British are supposed to be good at queuing. Some race memory of all those queues for rations during the war, perhaps. And once in a queue, we stoically put up with it, though with some grumbling.

I saw a good example of this recently. I was attending a Doctor Who convention, and there was an autograph session. By the start time, there were probably three hundred people patiently waiting in the queue. We assumed that we would file past the seated guests in turn. But no, someone decided to put everyone into separate queues. There was the predictable grumbling at this, but that was all. Virtually everyone accepted it like good little sheep.

A few, too few, people (including me) were sufficiently angered to complain. How very un-British of us, but it worked: I went to the boss and got what I wanted. After, I looked at the queue with some contempt. Stop being so British, I thought, stop grumbling and complain. If enough of you do it, they will have to do something. You’ve paid the organisers a lot of money to let yourselves be treated like this (some tickets were ¬£130!) What on earth is wrong with you all?

I wondered if this could stand as a symbol for modern Britain. Mired in austerity that is impoverishing millions, where are our indignados? Reading the Daily Mail or The Sun and believing the propaganda. I often wonder if it’s worth getting angry about, but of course it is. If no one did, They would get away with far more than they already do. I just wish more people felt the same, that more people would cast off the mantle of British reserve and grumbling and shout back. Surround Them and shout until the walls crash down on their unworthy heads.

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