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The Tube Strike Is a Victory for British Queuing

06/08/2015 17:46 BST | Updated 06/08/2016 10:59 BST

Through times of hardship, we usually come out with wonderful examples of perseverance, and the Tube strike is a prime example. Tales are being bandied around of companies offering free food, free water, free rides or free showers to commuters, or people helping each other get to work in a stunning show of community within the UK's biggest city.

But the real winner here - the biggest victory of them all - is the re-emergence of good old British queuing.

We've seen pictures in newspaper of hundreds of people trying to get on the same bus, all angry, dejected and grumpy. But are these people rioting? Are they pushing each other out of the way like Americans on Black Friday? No, they're going out of their way to form orderly queues and they're waiting their turn. Because they're British.

The exuberant British queuing spirit prevails! Much like the never-give-up attitude we had during the war, us Brits are a strong and polite people who couldn't possibly push the front of a line. That says something about us as a nation.

It's time like these that really make you proud to be British, even if all these people are probably just distracted because they're tweeting about how much they hate Tube drivers.

This is what sets us apart from the rest of the world, and it's time someone stood up and said "I'm proud of British queuing". We're the world's greatest queuers, and it's something we should pay attention to. It's often underlooked but never under-practised, and we should be thankful that we live in a society where the strongest or the most inconsiderate doesn't get where they want before everyone else.