Cameron wants to measure our happiness. He is going to start now, while happiness is at its lowest ebb, so that every day of his premiership we will just seem happier and happier. He hasn’t realised, of course, that we are just going to get angrier and angrier. Honestly, I’m finding commentating on this nonsense harder and harder. The students have got it about right. They’re not writing about this crap, or singing songs about it. They’re trashing Conservative Party HQ.
Anyway, if we’re busy pursuing happiness, we might as well do it properly. Mark Kingwell did the research so that you don’t have to:
Read his book. He’s a Canadian philosopher with punk rock credentials (you will know him from that The Corporation film, where they prove that corporations, were they people, would be classified as psychopaths). He went out and tried all the different possible routes to happiness. It’s the book for people who hate self-help books. He doesn’t give you any answers. But he asks some excellent questions, and you’re going to feel a hell of a lot more affinity with him in your pursuit of happiness than you are with Cameron and his cronies.
Honestly, this coalition makes me ill. Kingwell tries prozac as one of his potential routes to happiness. Where can we get some? Does it make Tory governments seem less depressing?