Mr. Angry is an avid reader of reports published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (“IEA”).
He was thus transfixed by their latest epistle which examines David Cameron’s attempt to create a National Happiness Index.
“Here. It says he’s spent £2m on it. Think how many pubs could be saved from closure with that money” exclaimed Mr. Angry.
The IEA report says the PM’s efforts are a waste of time. It suggests that what makes people happy is money. It recommends that the coalition government should concentrate on generating economic recovery.
The concept of attempting to measure happiness first started in the Himalayan kingdom of Butan in 1972. The king rejected GDP as a measure of growth and wanted to replace it with a Gross National Happiness measure.
Six years ago David Cameron said “there’s more to life than money.”
The majority of Mr. Angry’s response to this has had to be heavily edited but included references to Old Etonian sons of stockbrokers and wealthy land-owning wives.
In addition to his study of IEA reports Mr. Angry has been reading ‘Chavs: the demonization of the working class’ by Owen Jones (2011: verso) from which the following are words spoken privately by a Tory Grandee privately to some students:
“What you have to realise about the Conservative Party…is that it is a coalition of privileged interests. Its main purpose is to defend that privilege. And the way it wins elections is by giving just enough to just enough other people.”
“Exactly” said Mr. Angry “Just what me and the missus think.”