Pros and Cons

Moving back to the UK has its pros and cons. Moving anywhere to anywhere has its pros and cons of course. The UK offers greater money earning potential, providing I can find a job. I’m focusing on retail management and online community manager positions. Wish me luck.

With greater earning potential comes the ability to re-gadgetise my life. New computer, cell phone, LED television and Xbox 360 are all high on the list. And after that, maybe some new lenses for my Olympus E-PL1. I could go on for quite some time on the electronic products I’d like to own.

There are downsides too. I’ll have greater access to better international cuisine, but good Mexican food is harder to come by in London than it is in Mexico City. Not so surprising really, I guess. And then there’s the weather. How on earth will I cope with the cold. I’ve forgotten what cold is. It’s something that happens to someone else, like all those other diseases and disasters.

But overall, the pros outweigh the cons. And I can ‘prove’ this. If It Were My Home has all the stats I need. Although, perhaps oddly – depending on your preconceptions, moving to the UK from Mexico isn’t as positive as moving to the UK from the United States. Go figure. I suspect that these sort of graphs which include social themes will always make a nation with socialist policies look good.

And go tell all the Mexicans jumping the border. Although they’d really have to up their swimming skills if they want to head east. The Atlantic is much more of a challenge than the Rio Bravo. On the plus side, any Mexicans making it would I am sure be greeted with open arms and granted immediate citizenship. We host the Olympics next year and will welcome anyone who has the talent to win a medal. So I assume anyway. It’s been the case in the past

11 Comments

  • How the heck does one quantify “class divide” to a hundredth of a percent?

    Methinks these statistics are tongue-in-cheek at best.

    Don’t forget that you will have 64.2919238191823% fewer sunny days in the UK too.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we firmly believe there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

    • I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a set of statistics that tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me Flying Spaghetti Monster. Some are more useful than others. Some are just a bit of fun. I’d put most of the results of this bunch in the latter category.

      London also has about 98.64748% fewer hot Latinas wandering about wearing skimpy tops. So even the sunny days in London won’t be as sunny as I’ve gotten used too! 🙂

  • I returned from MX to UK a year ago. In addition to the cold weather you can look forward to v high living costs, politicians with an insatiable appetite to tax everything that moves, and gasoline at c.US$9 per gallon. You might need to work harder than expected for those new toys… and that 16% of “extra free time” might prove to be elusive an elusive promise! Wishing you best fortunes with your move, your job search and settle-back…

    • Living costs might actually be lower than when I left in 2005 you know….I’ve been following the property rental market for the last year or so, and monthly rents have fallen a fair bit. Petrol is way higher, but that’s not such a worry. My pedal bike won’t consume so much petrol!

      Stealth taxes have been a speciality of successive British govts since Thatcher decided to cut income tax rates and sneakily claw back as much as possible from other areas. Although the ’97 Labour govt still makes me laugh. They campaigned for the election with the warning that the Tories had increased 22 taxes in the last four years. They got into power and increased 23 taxes in their first budget!

      It won’t be easy, and there’s always an element of risk involved, and the liklyhood of hard work is high – especially compared to how hard I haven’t had to work these last five years!

      Thanks for the good wishes. 🙂

  • Interesting analysis. Although I am sure Mexicans do not consider consuming less oil and electricity, nor the cost of health care. They can make more money in the US, plain and simple.

    Oh yeah, and the swimming distance probably has something to do with it as well. 😉

  • I think line number 7 in the UK vs Mex table is one to consider carefully. I hope you can solve that one before getting in the plane!!

    • I hope so too. Although I’d take any statistics coming out of Mexico with a pinch of salt. Know how many road deaths there are in Mexico each year? It’s shockingly low. Because they only collect data from major highways. I suspect the unemployment figures for Mexico are similarly ‘accurate’.

  • Here is wishing you luck on your return to the United Kingdom! Having left my home country of the US I think that you would be doing much better go back home than I would. For one thing the political climate has be be much better than in the US. While I love the tech toys that are available in Texas the actual cost of living there is not truly affordable. We have to chose the best of worlds and so it is …

    • Normally when comparisons are made between the UK and US, I’d use the word ‘different’ rather than ‘better’ or ‘worse’. Even where there is a visible superiority in something or other, the issue is usually far too complicated to pass a complete judgement on.

      But in the case of politics….different and….well, we just don’t have a Sarah Palin equivalent, nor the circus that surrounds her. That can only be better

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