Now is the winter of our discontent made all over again by this son of the manse
In the deep bosom of the mortgage have been condensed and multiplied a thousand-fold.
With apologies to the Bard, for Cranmer gave up trying to scan in iambs. But along with Channel 4 he is struck by the parallels, exactly 30 years on, between the misery of this winter and the rotten fruits of last Labour administration.
In 2009 Gordon Brown faces the very unappealing prospect which confronted James Callaghan in 1979 of having to call a general election while wages are frozen or falling, house prices falling, the pound falling, savings diminishing, taxes rising, unemployment rising, and public sector strikes are looming. The UK is once again the sick man of Europe; the nation is once again bankrupt, and Labour has squandered all that it inherited. It is the prodigal party; selfish, deluded, and the undoubted author of an age of irresponsibility.
Cranmer wishes all of his readers and communicants as happy a New Year as is possible under these depressing circumstances.