“One bloody snow shower and the whole country grinds to a halt. This country is going to the dogs. They don’t have this anywhere else in the world.” You can bet your life that someone has come up with these lines because they are partly true. Some parts of the country have ground to a halt. The country isn’t going to the dogs but the Mail wants you to think it is. And they do have this elsewhere in the world. What we are suffering from is what we doctors called “Bloody whinging”.

Of course things go to rat shit when we have unusual weather patterns like loads of snow. We don’t have the necessary equipment to clear it when it arrives. We just muddle along until the thaw comes along, commonly within a couple of days. It’s not like this in Canada.

Well, no. It’s not like this in Canada because in some parts of the country winter is one long tedious fall of snow. The government knows what is going to happen so they make provision by having various snow-clearing equipment for winter and beyond. We don’t know what is going to happen so we don’t bother to buy expensive equipment.

Imagine South Gloucestershire council spending an arm and a leg on snow-clearing equipment and then not using it for years on end. You know what would happen: we’d all complain about the excessive expenditure on something we can usually manage without.

To date, we have had nothing weather-wise that will cause the slightest issue. We might have something for a few days this weekend and that will probably be it for a very long time. We’ll probably stay at home, unable to go to work and watch TV shows telling us how we can’t get to work, along with box pops of people complaining.”One bloody snow shower and the whole country grinds to a halt. This country is going to the dogs. They don’t have this anywhere else in the world.”