Department for Transport minister Tom Harris appears at a loss as to why people insist on being miserable under his government.
On his blog (tomcharris.wordpress.com) he notes, "In our own country today, despite the recent credit squeeze, our citizens have never been so wealthy... Whatever the latest technological innovation, most people can treat themselves to it. Eating out - a rare treat when I was a child in the 1970s - is as commonplace as going shopping."
After listing off all the reasons as to why life is better (more families with two cars, low crime, and, of course, access to DVD players) he asks, "So why is everyone so bloody miserable? Are our crippling levels of cynicism and pessimism simply part of the human condition? Were we always like this?"
Plenty of useful responses have since appeared on his blog entry.
Socialist Review readers wishing to offer guidance would be surely welcome to do the same.