Re: both sides of the pond need to pull their collective heads out
in other words, what my Hungarian friend, who lived and worked in London used to say: "They need a hitler, you know". And by that, she meant an image of a German truck parked across the street and armed people putting random passers-by against the wall, getting ready for the obvious, not a little hitler at the helm (which is always possible anyway). Misery brings wonderful clarity to people's minds and re-sets their level of expectations and entitlement. For a couple of generations.