here in Italy, it makes no difference what you do, it's dog eat dog, quite tribal. Some drivers will try and kill you, some will congratulate you on your ride, all will expect you to disobey whatever rules you feel like, and you expect the same from them. Puts all this into perspective.
Italy is a pleasant country with nice food but also very corrupt. It is difficult to achieve anything honestly. And there is no sense of collective responsibility. The UK is not so corrupt. We do have a sense of collective responsibility, although some abrogate it. You have to choose.