the British disease

the British disease

That which supposedly plagues British people, government, or society. Used especially in reference to an inability or unwillingness to be as productive as possible. The real British disease is not complacency or unrest, but the desire to achieve short-term at the cost of investing in long-term, sustainable economic policies.
See also: British, disease

the British disease

a problem or failing supposed to be characteristically British, especially (formerly) a proneness to industrial unrest. informal
See also: British, disease
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The British disease is the arrogance of bosses who behave as if they're masters of the universe and that ordinary mortals shouldn't complain.
He lambasted licensees behind alcohol promotions which offered cut-price drinks on Halloween with some as low as 10p and appealed to "people generally" to avoid the British disease of binge drinking.
IS the British disease striking our economy once again?
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.
In thinking about these prospects, it is important to understand the nature of the British disease.
Places like HP Sauce and Alstom have suffered from the British disease of short-termism.
If lauding the performance of a loser seems like a classic case of the British disease regularly pointed to as the root of the nation's sporting failures, then it is a tradition worth clinging to.
Is it part of the British disease of never being properly prepared for anything?
Finally, yes I acknowledge the British disease known as booze culture encompasses all racing, and I have been to enough evening meetings to witness it first-hand, but watching the floodlight racing from Kempton merely confirmed that the enticement is not the racing, but a night out.
The hooliganism element of soccer became known on the Continent as the British disease.
You have added further proof of the British disease of shooting down our heroes at the very moment when they need help, support and encouragement.
For students of the British disease, it is also a sorry commentary on the British tendency to fail to achieve policy objectives because of over-complication and over-centralisation.
The British disease means small shareholders can do virtually nothing about this pay award because voting on it is dominated by big institutional shareholders - the same sort of people who used to moan about the union block vote.
Gone are the days when we could blame the British disease on an underclass of brainless thugs.
And he accused them of suffering from the British disease - "we've had a half, so we will give them a half".