I remember that fuel crisis quite well. It was brilliant for me too because I was too poor to afford a car at the time so it didn't affect me personally. I could just spectatesublimit said:I've given up on any British government as its just too depressing to think about it.. I try and think about cycling or women or anything else and blank out the the tw*ts that supposedly run the country.
When we had a fuel tanker strike a few years back here I thought it the best thing ever, it was completely brilliant because the country almost ground to a halt within 7 days, and the morons running the UK panicking bigstyle.. all good stuff.
I had a small consulting company in Britain and we did well but we had to kill ourselves to get ahead. Everything we gained, we lost in other ways. We were doing long commuting days and paperwork nights. Our personal lives suffered incredibly. Labour just wouldn't let us be. They taxed us like crazy and yet they were still borrowing enormous sums for their ridiculous IT projects and their illegal wars.
The French still put their stock in family and community. They don't stand in train stations, pretending to send SMS to avoid catching your eye and wondering all the while why their lives are turning into a Pink Floyd song (there aren't any trains to catch anyway right now ).
I say good on them for looking to the spirit of '68 when all of the original '68ers are now quietly comfortable behind their executive and political desks or else the wheel of their golf buggy.