Bad news, chaps; the United Kingdom's public finances are in such a perilously poor condition that we might all have to work until we're 70. A think tank with a senior fellow called Ray has said so, so it must be true.
The idea that modern man is part of something called an 'economy', an entity he neither voted himself into and can never vote himself out of, is one of the great curtains currently separating man from his God. Man has free will to believe in God and in His Word - God, not Ray, has said so; yet if Keynes was correct, and '(p)ractical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences (blognote - the remuneration committee of Royal Dutch Shell seems to be a good example of the breed), are usually the slaves of some defunct economist', then there is no free will in economics; it not only makes slaves of those practical men whose attempts to intellectualise the simple acts of posting a letter and catching a train produce mindbending paradoxes and absurdities, it also makes slaves of the rest of us. It is Satanic.
On the whole, remarkably little good can be said about the Pharaohs, yet in one crucial respect they trounced modern British Prime Ministers hands down; the Pharaohs never patronised their slaves by telling them their slavery would result in their own prosperity, nor try to tell them they were all in it together. In our politics, such honesty would be refreshing.
In our times, Cosa Nostra and Mara Salvatrucha are considerably more honest than either the Labour and Conservative Parties; all four are gangs, but at least the former do not bother issuing manifestos before setting out to get what they want. If Parliament ever tries to pass a law increasing the retirement age for men to 70 without prior and explicit manifesto commitments from either the envy gang or the greed gang, it might soon find itself having to relocate from Westminster to an out of town business park in the suburbs of Milton Keynes; for what are out of town business parks other than the castles of feudal overlords, always living in fear of mobs of torch-bearing, pitchfork-weilding peasants arriving on their doorsteps, updated for the 21st century?
Ideology is another slavery. This poor young woman seems desperately in need of prayers - Laban Tall explains why. If this is the attitude to human life that feminism breeds in feminists, it needs a Berlin Wall moment as a matter of urgency. It is just another '-ism', just another Ptolemaic slavery imposed by the ruthless and self-seeking on the weak; always for their own glorification, often for their gain.
One could go on and on and on. But it would be pointless.
Neither economics nor ideology, nor Hitler nor Stalin, could ever kill hope. Oh sure, the economists can chant their dull litanies about the balance of payments being down 2.78% and unemployment being up 0.6% from now until the breaking of the world for all that it matters; the advent of The Civilisation Of Truth And Love will result in them being acutely under-employed, and they will have to divide their labour in other ways.
But just as they cannot rationalise hope, neither can they scar or kill it. As St. Pio of Pietrelcina said 'Pray, hope and don't worry'; one can think of few better suggestions for weathering a downturn.
Work to 70? Some hope.