My answer to What surprised you when you went to Australia?
Answer by Desmond Last:
I left the United Kingdom with a distaste of social exclusion. I had not experienced too much of it myself but I do not like the system by which respect in the U.K is automatically expected by title or social position.
I do not agree with heredity titles that by default give a person the right to involve themselves in others lives by taking part in a non-democratic process such as the House of Lords. The progress of community in the U.K is held back by the House of Lords.
I still shake my head in disbelief that the Labour Party – the Party of the Working People – involve themselves in its conduct.
If I were the leader of the Labour Party then I would ensure that the House of Lords would be boycotted until it became a House of Community Group elected representatives.
Therefore when I arrived in Australia it was a real surprise to not have to endure that moment when you meet somebody who clearly feels you are inferior to them and they talk to you as if you were a 5 year old child.
It is not just Lords in the U.K it is many of those who are in Government that talk down to you. Doctors particularly consultants are also examples of the U.K social system at its worse.
In Australia it does not matter who you are or how much money you have. If you are a d..kh..d then you remain one. You cannot buy your way out of it.