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We Never Had It So Bad

by | 1st, September 2005

‘PHEW! It sure was hot yesterday. The Star says it was a “scorching” 32 degrees – “even hotter than the Mediterranean”.

Mosley reaches for the top-shelf magazines at his local newsagents

While we take off our knotted hankies to the Sun, and immigrants from sunny climes thank Tony Blair’s weather machine for making them feel so at home, the Sun says things are not all that wonderful.

A survey by psychologists at Cardiff University has found that Britons were happiest during the dark days of the 1930s.

As Dr Cliff Arnall says: “As we get richer financially our expectations get higher…But people become obsessed with getting more money and feel more of a need to keep up with our neighbours…people forget the true things that make them happy.” Like making loadsa money.

But it wasn’t like this in the 1930s. Ah, the good old days. The global depression. Politics dominated by Fascism, Nazism, Stalinism and Totalitarianism. To say noting of other isms, like Militarism, state sponsored anti-Semitism and the realism of war.

“The good old 30s,” says the Mail, which has also seen the research, which says that those living in the 1930s were around 10 per cent happier than those living in 2005.

There was a “sense of team spirit” back then, says the paper. It goes on: “The fact that everyone was suffering from the poor economy and social conditions made them work together, whereas today people feel isolated.”

In short, we were poor but happy. We had unemployed, but happy. We were suffering from curable diseases, but we were happy. We were about to be bombed by the Germans, but we were happy.

And, above all things, we were happy because it cost just 1p to read the Daily Mail, and therein enjoy articles like patron Lord Rothermere’s delightful “Hurrah for the Blackshirts”, in which he praised Oswald Mosley, the British Union of Fascists, for his “sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine”.

The Mail of the 1930s represented good value for money – all the more so when you consider that so many people had to survive by eating the thing…’

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