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We're already in realm of the surreal

Say what you will about America, but it has some relatively enlightened ways of doing things. As the virus of the financial crisis has mutated so has its response. Americans have had real and robust discussions about options; they have even tried some things and then backtracked when they discovered they weren't working. Even after policies have been implemented they have continued to debate them. It's a system I believe they call reality -- or an attempt at some kind of reality as things become more and more unreal.

We have a different system here. At this stage it would be best described as surrealism. Sometimes you have to sit back and take stock and look afresh at it just to see how mad things have become now. The current situation is this: all the things that they told us we had to do to prevent us from becoming a basket case and to please the markets and the international tut-tutters are the very things that are making us into a basket case and leading to a deafening chorus of tut-tutting. But we have our fingers in our ears and are going "la la la la, can't hear you", at the top of our voices.

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