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Matthew Brooker

Why I’m Glad to Be Living in Crisis Britain

After more than two decades in Hong Kong, a returning writer sees much to praise in his ailing homeland.



Photographer: AFP Contributor/AFP

“You chose a good time to come back,” the Waitrose cashier said ironically when I told her this was my first week living in the UK since 1990. And that was before the Queen died and the pound collapsed to a record low.

Between the cost of living crisis, communal riots in Leicester and politically inspired market turmoil, it must seem from afar as though British society is coming apart at the seams. So I risk ridicule when I say that my initial impressions of life back in Britain are overwhelmingly positive.