Just returned from GMTV studios in Glasgow where I was trying to defend my views on happiness, or lack thereof. Most people, I think, understand the point I was making, even if they don’t agree with it.
But given the importance of this issue and the relative sophistication of its various elements, isn’t it rather depressing that Philip Hammond’s only response has been: “The short answer to Mr Harris’s question asking why everyone is so miserable is, ‘Because we’ve got Gordon Brown as our Prime Minister’.”
That’s the political equivalent of chucking rocks at a squirrel – entertaining, but rather missing the point.
UPDATE (7.30am): I’ll be doing the Today programme in about an hour on the same subject.