“Today, when the pace of change is perhaps greater than it has ever been, the temptation to retreat in the face of complex societal problems to a perceived ‘Golden Age’ is great. The future is uncertain, as the traditionalists are wont to remind us, and the past isĀ comforting. However, if we hope to avoid living in a society in which heritage is more important than creativity, we must learn to respect the past but live in the present, and concern ourselves with creating a better future for everyone”

The above quote by Billy Bragg perfectly sums up my feelings about Britain’s continued tendency to look backwards. Unfortunately I came across it a few weeks too late to include it in my piece on the DRU, and almost a year too late to paste it into my Routemaster rant, so it gets its own post.