Today my wife and I took the grandchildren to 'Skeggy' and we had a great day out. We picnicked on the beach, the kids paddled in the sea (despite my horror at the wind turbines that have sprung up exactly at the spot where the public would not want them) and then they hit the funfair.
We had decided that as they had never been to Skegness before we would make it memorable so we bought them armbands (£14 each) knowing that these two daredevils would more than get their money's worth. The sun was shining brightly (why did I take sun screen to Lanzarote and not to Skeggy?) and I now glow!
Whilst the kids were screaming on the 'Waltzers' and 'The Extreme' it gave me a chance to sit quietly viewing the British public and it was not a pretty sight. Now I concede that Skeggy is not the best drawing card but the town is not at fault. The town offers all the attractions of a normal seaside resort. The old seaside smells have all but gone and the beach, the donkeys, the funfair and the shops are all still there.
My beef is the people. Anyone from 'Planet Zog' would seriously blink at the British people on holiday in Skegness. How can I put this? We have a vastly overweight population (mainly women and kids), who are over tattooed ( particularly the women) scruffily but sexually dressed (where has our fashion sense gone?) accompanied by a miscellany of VERY unhappy, ignorant and ill-disciplined children.
The politics of the past forty years have at last completed their brief. Nobody could possibly be proud of the British working class today. Now I realise that many of the people that I saw today were not 'working' class because they were the 'unemployable' class.
We had a great day and loved Skegness but my impression of the British people at the lower end of the spectrum was frankly mind blowing! We have a long way to go to bring back national pride.