this little island - peanuts compared to the US of A did everything to be and remain one of the leading financial centres.. a quick look into economics books will tell of the great era of "privatisaion" in Britain and its "comparative advantage" in the services.. the UK was effectively a financial services economy.. from banking, global pension funds to insurance and anything u can think of.. in London they don't make cars or grow bananas, there are no factories or any raw materials. but there are thousands of building blocks of offices - for the services sector most of which if not all are financial services related.. a quick taxi trip in the city can give a good view of how many are empty now days. this little island doesn't produce anything meaningful.. with ridiclous charges imposed in as many different ways to keep it rolling.. from $10 train single way train journeys, congestion charges, tax on anything u can think of, mandatory insurance taxes on anything possible.. I'm surprised you're not charged for breathing in the UK.. It never had a dime of materia, it lost its factories decades ago and now it's about to lose its service sector.. this is the end of britain as we knew it.. anyways the question now is, where is best to move for living now.. I surely don't want to learn Mandarin, but I hear honk kong or singapore are pretty nice places to be.. even some states in the middle east or how about south america? canada? Australia?