earthfriendly wrote:It is interesting that JR8 brought out the term "quitter". Not sure why they started it but it only lasted for a little bit and have not heard them labeling people this way anymore.
We all know what it means. I was using it in an ironic but representative way, as it is arguably precisely such a disparaging term/attitude from the government to it's highly skilled and go-getting mobile citizens that encourages them, if and when they leave usually temporarily, to sometimes never come back. Maybe they've finally
registered that it is totally counter-productive.
It is why there is a need for government departments like this exist...
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Imagine a reverse situation, the Brits having a government funded global roadshow. If here, perhaps on a closed off section (invite via the embassy only) of the Padang.
- Entertainment. A Punch and Judy show. Morris dancers. A village style pantomine, with all the bunting up everywhere. A bit of 'Jerusalem', Elgar, and 'I Vow To Thee My Country' over the PA followed by the National Anthem a toast to the Queen. Maybe some cricket, skittles, lawn-bowls and croquet. Hop-Scotch and an egg and spoon race for the children.
- Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, or a lavish roast chicken lunch with all the trimmings. Harry Ramsden's fish and chips. Sausage sandwiches for the children. Draft real ale and cider, Pimms, G+T's, elderflower cordial for the ladies.
- Freebies: Packets of Bisto gravy granules, Paxo stuffing, Colman's mustard, Branston pickle, Birds custard powder. Stilton, dry-cured bacon and organic free-range sausages. Quality Street, Tizer/Tango/Irn-Bru/Ribena. Very generous hand-outs of cans of Bodingtons and London Pride, and mini's of Bombay or Plymouth gin.
All totally free of charge.
c/w: Stalls from:
- Estate agents, persuading you how affordable your dream property
actually is back home
- Employment agents, with whom to have a discreet 15 minute chat about career opportunities, and agree to keep in contact.
- Relo agents, to give you a ball-park on possible relo costs and matters such as UK pet-quarantine, schooling etc
- A Home Office stand: You've married local? No problem they'll advise on visas etc for your foreign spouse/children.
You leave entertained, informed, filled with F+B, nostalgic, and carrying as many bags of products from home as you are physically able to carry, so that every time for months you open the kitchen cupboard it'll be like ... 'ah, yes, I really do miss this...I really do miss home'.
And since you're now on the '''Contract Britain''' mailing list, it's nice to know that they'll be keeping in touch, and are there to help and advise you when the time comes to make the big move back home.