Originally Posted by Priceygirl1
The weather in the UK is yuck so if you like seeing the sun, I would advise you DON'T move here. Saying that, dull weather seems to dull the people as I have found Britian's people to be alot "gloomier" then in the states. Maybe it's from hundreds of years of being repressed with taxes, taxes and more taxes. Oh, and if you want to watch TV, be prepared to pay for the priviledge as you will need to pay a TV tax too.
The only benefit I can think of is having more holiday time off of work and some of the scenery in Wales and Scotland is breathtaking :-)
I doubt if it's down to taxes. The UK tax system is better than alot of European countries. If you're looking for a country with an oppressive tax system then come here to Italy. There are even companies that specialise in registering mainland European companies into the UK tax sysytem.
My own view is that many people are gloomy because they are dissatisfied with their jobs especially in performance related jobs which puts them under alot of pressure for little money, rising utility prices and other priority bills and of course grey skies don't help much.