These are dark days for Middle England. The economy is going to hell in a basket and however bad you may think things are, I'm afraid that for the average family they are going to get a good deal worse. Now and again though, the odd thing comes along which, while not improving the lot of the average man in the street, brightens the day and makes living under this loathsome and incompetent government slightly more tolerable.
My all time favourite pick-me-up is the well known, "Letter from the British Ambassador to Moscow," written from wartime Russia in 1943. To remind you and add some colour to your day here is the masterpiece in measured understatement:
The Foreign Office
6th April 1943
My Dear Reggie,
In these dark days man tends to look for little shafts of light that spill from Heaven. My days are probably darker than yours, and I need, my God I do, all the light I can get. But I am a decent fellow, and I do not want to be mean and selfish about what little brightness is shed upon me from time to time. So I propose to share with a tiny flash that has illuminated my sombre life and tell you that God has given me a new Turkish colleague whose card tells me that he is called Mustapha Kunt.
We all feel like that, Reggie, now and then, especially when spring is upon us, but few of us would dare to put it on our cards. It takes a Turk to do that.
Sir Archibald Clerk Kerr,
It's wonderful that no matter how big or bad the crisis, the national DNA pool throws up an individual who's time has come. When we look across the Channel, for example, to the the bowl of sick that is the EU, you could be forgiven for feeling somewhat dismayed at the wanton vandalism that has been wrought on our shores by those meddling and mendacious, interfering bureaucrats. Step forward Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader, who has put EU President, Herman Van Rompuy in his place in a manner that has cheered me up no end.
Farage said, "that he possessed all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk."
Well played Nigel. Just a pity that the Tories approach is somewhat more facile.