The Britain I knew when I landed here in 1949 is alien to me today.
Everything has changed and not always for the better. In fact, I dare say things have deteriorated to such an extent that a lot of what Britain stood for has gradually vanished over the years to be substituted by a new wave of thoughtlessness and a lowering of behaviour standards that seem to be the norm in everything we do.
The political scene is now below par, compared to what it was. The dedication and the vigour to serve the nation have equally disappeared and the electorate is left with a bunch of politicians whose main motivation is power and the pursuit of affluence.
The ruling classes are now openly extravagant, and their barometer keeps rising while the struggling majority feels the pinch and bears it with alacrity.
Unlike other countries, we are less disposed to revolt against authority and have much greater respect for the law.
Measured against all that, we have incredible talents in multiple human endeavours which we export all over the world – whether it be in science, technology, fashion, literature or the entrainment sectors.
It is the politicians who have lowered our expectations and caused an imbalance in our society. They are therefore to be blamed for any misgivings we face.
Mahatma Ghandi once said, ‘Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.’
If our politicians were to heed these words of wisdom, we would once again show the world the greatness that has made Britain a shining light in its political acumen and its high standard of democratic principles.