I so agree with this headline by George Monbiot: “If you think the UK isn’t corrupt, you haven’t looked hard enough”


But it does not happen only in London and only on a large scale. It happens everywhere, also here where I live, and on all kinds of scales.

DVLA update

Regarding this post: https://angelinasouren.com/2020/06/30/dvla-chaos/.
I sent a letter by special delivery, haven’t heard back.

I just rang them again and now at least their automated voice system says that because of social distancing, they are experiencing delays and that they cannot give any updates on when we will receive our documents.

It just so happens that I met Gareth Llewellyn and that he’s one of my LinkedIn connections, but he runs the DVSA, not the DVLA (and he is leaving).

By the way, the delay is about four months, according to a Royal Mail staff member I spoke with in July.

What do I do? What value do I offer?

What do I do? Good question. Keep reading.

I used to help people succeed in their work, mostly. That is not something I can do within England, is it?

I started up several other new businesses focused on adding something worthwhile to local people’s lives such as enabling them to stay in their homes, fight injustice done to them or adorning the walls of their homes with beautiful art reproductions. That didn’t work.

I slowly started learning more and more about this country works, which challenges it has and which pluses.

One challenge, apparently, is workplace bullying. According to various reports and newspaper items.

Because workplace and community bullying is immensely destructive AND expensive for business owners, I just posted an article on LinkedIn about this. With most people still working from home, businesses now have a unique opportunity to ensure that workplace bullying does not resume when their businesses return to somewhat normal operations.

The problem with that is that bullying and cruelty are glorified in England. (Otherisation is; it starts with that.) How do you break through that? By pointing out that it is not okay and repeating that over and over and over. Eventually, some of the message has to make it across.

My own value has always been that I am a catalyst for change. This includes change that results from painful realisations. This function of being a catalyst seems to be my inescapable role in life. The harder I run away from it, the more it always seems to follow me, confront me. So at some point you have to stop running away.

It’s part of the reason why I am still in England. Someone in the Netherlands has said to me, a few times, that staying in England is like hitting myself with a hammer. I don’t see it that way. I see it the way psychologist Kelly McGonigal puts it. Seek meaning rather than to focus on avoiding discomfort.