You can only blunder forward in the spirit of “alles sal regkom” (everything will be all right) for so long. We’ve lived in faith that a righteous outcome will fall in our laps if we keep on keeping on, but lately it’s sounding furtive and hopeless. One senses no-one knows what to do.

There is the usual pie-in-the-sky piffle from the ruling party; the countering solution-free blather by the official opposition; yet nobody has the wit to tell us what can be done. No jobs, no future: it’s all very pre-Thatcher Britain.

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