Christmas Eve is a poor time to deliver a dark message of Christmases to come. Yet delivered it must be.
It is prompted by listening to an item on the BBC Today programme early this morning. A month or so ago, a group of people in a typical, fairly comfortable town in England, Watford, had been interviewed about the recession. They had obviously expressed concern at the financial events but they were somehow felt to be remote, something the government would fix and that they could work their way through. Good times would come back, didn’t they always?