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Some of it rings true. I'm convinced there's been a coarsening of society in many respects. The levels of public drunkeness and anti-social behaviour have risen I'm sure. On the other hand there's more tolerance in other respects - less racism (I think) and poofery is much more widely accepted (again, I think).
The high point of demotic egalitarianism - the fifties up to the wave of bourgeois post Marxism a decade later, is pretty much synonymous with Anglo good manners.
The recoarsening (historically - at least according to the quill-wielding arm of the ruling classes - we've been notoriously violent, drunken and loutish) of British manners is correlated with the reassertion of a striated caste society and the tactical championing of an sub-political underclass in the (invariably reactionary) name of liberalism.
It all depends on your 'class'. Middle class people plod on id say as before. The 'chavs' certainly can be aggressive and intimidating.
I remeber a couple of years ago in Hull, my hometown, withdrawing some money from a cash machine. Some dickhead came up behind me and said 'give us a fiver mate'. He was trying to intimidate me to give him money. It was basically a mugging, but for not much money.
I was ready for violence and told him to '**************** off'. He now looked doubtful so I carried on, 'Get your own money out' I said. He stared at me and said 'your a copper arnt you'? to which I replied 'maybe'.
He then walked off. If there had been two or more of them, which there usually are, I would have been in trouble.
The sad thing is that these cowardly dickheads are everywhere.
'Mama, just nearly killed a man, put a gun against his head, changed my mind and went to bed'.