How do you see the United Kingdom?

I wrote something recently on Huffington Post about how British people need to consider that the eyes of the world are on them for the Olympics. Nobody likes wall-to-wall brands, road closures, and all the other inconveniences of the Olympic games, but if the British want to behave so negatively that the world wonders why we ever bothered bidding for the games then it will affect investment into the UK for at least the next 30 years.

I’m not kidding. Wall-to-wall images of the UK week after week all over the world can influence where people go on holiday and where companies invest. If the London Olympics is a roaring success then the money spent on it – even though more than expected – will seem like peanuts as holiday-makers flock to the UK and businesses invest cash.

As an example, national TV here in Brazil was showing interviews with Londoners today who almost all said they hated the games, did not want them in London, and the comment from the Brazilian broadcaster was that the British are very miserable people. Is that how the rest of the world now sees the UK?

So I want to hear from you, so I can do a follow-up to the Olympic article that led to so many people posting negative comments. Send me your opinion on what you immediately think of when someone asks you what you think of the United Kingdom:

  1. As a place to take a vacation.
  2. As a place to do business.
  3. In general, music, culture, art.

You don’t need to write a long essay – I will only quote the best bits in the article anyway, but I appreciate anything you can send – especially if you are not from the UK. And do let me know if you want to remain anonymous, or give me the correct name, title to use when quoting you.

You can send your thoughts to me here: mail AT markhillary.com

London 2012 Gold Medal

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One response to “How do you see the United Kingdom?

  1. The overwhelming majority of Brits are unbelievably proud that London and that the United Kingdom is hosting the Olympic Games. The problem is as always. The Fleet Street media are running a hate campaign because it stirs up a story and sells newspapers. We see it so many times. Often what is printed is not public opinion but by the time the press have circulated false or minority opinions the newspaper reading pubic believe that this must be what everyone else is thinking and join the frenzy to create a story spinning saga. To make things worse the National Television channels take their lead from the newspapers and further disseminate what is usually a complete load of twaddle. A specific National broadcaster is a good example where they have later come under scrutiny for broadcasting seemingly biased opinion to which the public find that what was actually said was regurgitated hogwash from a tabloid.

    Whatever happened to rational and independent thinking in British media?

    I don’t live in London and I’m not going to the games because I can’t afford to but even I know the games have been brilliantly well organised. I just wish the British media could follow such an important event with positivity. I really do. The British newspapers selfish attitude and perpetual pessimism ruins it for everyone.

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