We'll be swallowed up if we don't act
•In other times of historical tumult, it was customary for the down-trodden to appeal to the saints and higher powers for intercession. When the plagues were visited on the Pharaohs they gamely fought back, employing shaman trickery. Needless to say, the higher powers won out.
The locusts, a rain of frogs and a massive outbreak of boils were too much for the populace.
These days, the higher powers are vested in Brussels. The plagues being visited upon us are: a freeze in employment, a savage wind of austerity and the impenetrable black cloud that has settled over the whole of Europe.