Citizens, not serfs

When I moved from Yorkshire to London, I ended up with maximum living costs for minimum lifestyle. In one move I went from spacious, decent, quiet, reasonably priced accommodation, to horrible accommodation of half the size and twice the price. For the extra money, and the extra work – Londoners work harder than people in most parts of the country as a direct result of dense population – I now breathed the most polluted air in Europe, equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day, queued everywhere, endured motor transport that travelled little faster than walking speed, was subject to continuous noise, especially from neighbours and most of it unnecessary, and was surrounded by people at all times who contained individuals who in the bad old days would have been contained in prison or mental asylums. London is an extremely expensive and polluted mad house.

But, hey, I’m a quiet person…

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