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Is the UK in a better or worse state than it was 50 years ago?

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AB Editor | 16:36 Wed 24th Apr 2019 | Current Affairs
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  • It's worse - 115 votes
  • 57%
  • It's better - 67 votes
  • 33%
  • I don't know - 15 votes
  • 7%
  • It's the same - 5 votes
  • 2%

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Ummmm, agreed that pubs were often the scenes of violence, but in my day itwas quite common to send one beat PC to to sort it out which was achieved due to the respect in which the police were held. Could that happen today? I think not.
You could buy a house for 2 years salary.....no snowflake Help To Buy schemes/scams in those days.
danny - you're kidding me? Fights would be over by the time the police arrived. And we lived near the police station!!
Not in my day ummmm.Where was your pub?
Northampton, near the town centre.
You surprise me.I stand by what I said which was also in a city (Bradford).The only exception would be before the advent of personal radios.
And CCTV!

I can only talk about the youngsters I know, and they all have respect.

They don't go to football matches looking for trouble.
There are still some decent people around, I agree.
//I was there, and apart from Ted Heath’s attempt to impose national blackouts (the three day week) as a stick to beat the miners (he failed) there weren’t any more power cuts than today//

I didn't read it in a comic. My dad and grandparents told me about it. Also the Winter of Discontent wasn't under Heath and, if you'll forgive me for saying so, does not sound like a particularly pleasant period to live through.

Like I say, I don't take the word of everyone who was alive at the time as gospel. It's perfectly possible for people to be wrong about the society in which they live in, let alone to misremember one from the past. But there's plenty of corroborating evidence to suggest to me that strikes and power cuts were considerably more commonplace in the 1970s than they are today.

Of course, you could make the argument I suppose that powercuts mattered less back then than they would now because people are far more reliant on electricity for entertainment/cooking/working than they were in the '70s, when TV was only on for a few hours every evening anyway, just about everyone cooked on gas, and the internet didn't exist.
xBriannax
/// There was central heating in the 1970's, they had central heating in the Victorian age! ///

They had underfloor heating in Roman Times.
Yeah, but what else have the Romans ever done for us!
ummmm
/// Lots of crimes committed in the 70s/80s didn't make national news. Now they have to fill the time or just repeat everything. ///

There are many crimes committed today that we never get to hear about, take for instant the daily stabbings in London and other cities don't even reach the headlines.
They seem to reaching the headlines pretty often.
Zacs-Master

/// Yeah, but what else have the Romans ever done for us! ///

They gave us roads, and they even built a wall to keep the undesirables out, but they didn't receive the flack that Donald has.
16:17...sanitation
So Scots are undesirables, eh.
Well, I was a young woman in my 20's in the 70's and yes, we had central heating!! Of course we didn't have all the modern, technical stuff we have today, but so what, we couldn't have imagined it and we didn't suffer as a result. I get sick and tired of people on this site who weren't around in the decades they decry and are always very, very negative about them. If you didn't live through them you don't know what the hell you are talking about !! Now here I am in my 60's (along with many of my peers) fit, healthy and not at all bowed down by living in the dim and distant past where times were very hard indeed (lol lol) …. !
It is definable worst than it was.

The 50s was the best decade, to have lived through, Need I say before unrestricted mass immigration and multi-cultism was implemented.
The Romans gave us amongst other things-----
Roads,Sanitation, Julian Calendar ,(the basis of our Gregorian one ) ,Architecture, Currency,Towns,
...irrigation

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