Where Did It All Go Right? Andrew Collins


“It’s a new year. Time to solve the problems of the world – and there are one or two – before it’s too late. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and it’s dawned on me that the only way we’re going to make the world a better place without having to plough through all that due process and red tape and so-called democracy is to start being better ourselves. And I’m not about to lay some guilt trip about carbon footprints or food miles on you. Those things are common sense. I actually think it’s time we adopted Derek Batey’s famous sign-off from Mr & Mrs:

Be nice to each other.

This is The Manners Manifesto. It’s time for a return to – or a formalisation of – good manners. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Smile
  2. Say please and thank you
  3. Let that car in
  4. Be friendly to strangers
  5. Help old people off or on the bus
  6. Buy the Big Issue and give some change to the homeless
  7. Be polite to Jehovah’s Witnesses
  8. Never swear at people on the other end of helplines ever
  9. Leaving bags of stuff outside charity shops when they’re closed? Come on!
  10. Talk to people at the check-out
  11. Don’t swear when there are kids about