Mike Akerman writes, "Let me start by saying that, as an Englishman, I am no stranger to the art of complaining. As a race, the British people have made a lifestyle out of whinging about anything and everything. It seems to provide us with a twisted sense of satisfaction. As I first drafted this, the UK was in the midst of a moderate dusting of snow, which the tabloid media insisted on portraying as the dawn of the apocalypse. The Great British public knew the difference of course. But perpetuating the false claims that the mild inconvenience outside our door was, in fact, a raging blizzard, helped to facilitate us in our need to be able to moan about something."