Making history laugh
• Whilst we squabble like hungry pigs around the trough of the euro we ignore the lessons of history.
The Great Depression of the late 1920s and '30s was not ended by some master stroke. No, it simply slid and merged with World War Two where nature, bombs and bullets culled the necessary re-calibration of society.
The mass production of weapons, the mobilisation of manpower and the redrawing of the world map led to the Marshall Plan and the UK's welfare state where society climbed a graph until greed and banksters abetted by poor governance reduced us to a smelly heap once more.