Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Britons eager for return to past

At last people are seeing sense.

Nine out of 10 people would like to see a return to traditional values, a survey has found.

The majority of people think the UK has changed for the worse during the past 20 years, according to Chelsea Building Society.

Around 77% of people blamed the deterioration on a lack of discipline in schools, while 74% attributed it to family breakdown and 70% thought it was due to individual greed.

Three-quarters of young people aged between 18 and 24 also thought society had changed for the worst.

It was this age group turning back to tradition, saying they wanted less television and more family trips out and board games.

They also craved less fast food and more meals around the dining table.

Nine out of 10 people across all age groups said they thought it was important to say please and thank you, while 87% thought children should have good manners and be respectful and 87% thought people should give up seats to those who needed them more.

Other things which were rated as being important included receiving service with a smile, family meals, helping neighbours and children being able to play outside.

Tim Taylor, divisional director of customer services at Chelsea Building Society, said: "Although some aspects of modern society are obviously important, this research indicates that Britain wants to refresh cherished traditions and see them become an active part of life going forward

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  1. It's not just in the UK, we need that here too.

  2. I reckon the vast majority of people I have met here do tend to be quite onto it, there will always be some or aren't of course. But most of the families here do seem to hold onto those family values and it's good to see. It makes it a wonderful place to live. NZ still has that sense of community which has been lost in the UK sadly.

  3. I agree with Sue. Here in the US its rural areas you find manners and politeness in children. There is very little family time for most but we are seeing it turning back around. I would love to see this same poll be taken in the US.

  4. That's good to hear, it's time that something started changing!


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