Fair comments but England now has proper winters
IMHO, got it!
You are right about the deterioration yes and for a couple months of slight winter, not worth it. However, in UK we have been getting colder every year recently. Most of UK hasn't seen above zero in quite a while already. Was less than -20 the other day. It is snowing sooo much here, even if you can get around your town, any moderate distance and you'll be in snow.
Depends on your life, I walk to work...I won't get winter tyres. Unless global warming starts to hurry up over here though we will need to prepare our cars better because as you probably know, public transport in England isn't very good in Summer, let alone winter!
Interesting to hear of your view and thoughts from the Netherlands though, thanks.