The last time I ran into a real, live, breathing Brit, she was caustic. If it came from the US, it was shit. She was actually a stylist, working in the salon on the Disney cruise ship we were on, and simultaneously working on my head of hair.
So, the simple fact that you have something nice to say (that you, personally, appreciate) along with a criticism makes me want to listen to you - it shows you can see two sides to something.
What I DID learn on my way through the wurst grinder: other countries have other, valid viewpoints. So as long as the talk stays factual, with a dose of "I, personally, have experienced this", I'm good.
Something I also learned: there is no substitute, or excuse, for not exercising personal responsibility - anywhere.
Betcha' you didn't know you were going to make a contribution to international peace and understanding today, did you?!
(Oh yeah, we LOVED Hyacinth Bucket!!)