I think you've answered the question yourself rather well. There have been both positives and negatives over the last 20 years. The one big negative we have at the present is a general feeling of fear and I do not know of an easy way to overcome it. It appears to be caused by a real threat of terrorism and by a much greater irrational fear of terrorism, or hating anyone who isn't like us (muslims hating others, Brits hating immigrants etc.), fearing young people, etc. Why do people feel so threatened? In reality crime has actually gone down, and terrible as the terrorist bombs have been I don't believe that they are any worse than the IRA bombing campaign 30 years ago. Young people, in general are as creative and dynamic as ever. We should stand by the values of tolerance, fairness, justice and free speech. Of course this applies to everyone in this country. If we did this rather than emphasising the "blame culture" perhaps we would all be happier.