This came my way a few minutes ago:
RT @_Lilykins The irony of Osborne claiming Labour is the party of borrowing, when he’s borrowing at record levels.
As a result, I tweeted the following:
Much better to be the party of borrowing than the party of daylight robbery. At least when you borrow, you aim to give s’thing back.
And then, quite felicitously and via Rick’s always perspicacious eye, came this story from Money Week titled portentously “The End of Britain”. Apparently we’re stuffed – and not just Christmas-turkey stuffed either. Roundly, totally and utterly stuffed. Stuffed till the end of time.
The end, in fact, of life as we know it.
Time to buy up supermarkets of tinned foods various? Time to bunker down in outrageously expensive survivalist holes?
This is clearly Douglas Adams territory.
Clearly is, my friends.
For the solution that Money Week provides for its horrified readers to this veritable apocalypse of barely conceivable and almost indescribable proportions is none other than … wait for it … [innocent drum roll multiplied a thousandfold] … a magazine subscription to its content!
Yay! Salvation was never so cheap!
A perfect end to a perfectly constructed universe.
The consumer and welfare societies, brought down by their two-headed dependency mindsets. And yet, now, so dramatically saved at one easy stroke by a simple subscription to a possessor of secret truths like these.
Now where have I heard that before?
Will we never learn?
As to whether the oracle, above-mentioned, is right or wrong, I have no professional framework which allows me to provide you with an answer either way. But what does seem clear is that if what they say ends up taking place, a magazine subscription will be a woeful defence against the societal trauma the publication appears to be predicting.
And if, indeed, as some have suggested, the content is the wizard wheeze of some overblown marketing department, surely it’s time that Money Week did a little bit of fruitful navel-gazing – and analysed its behaviours in terms of the apocalypse it apparently expects. Printing stuff like this with the mere intention and objective of increasing the take-up of membership subs is hardly the most gratifying spectacle we might witness.
And whether one would choose to be a harbinger of doom or not, there are better ways of making one’s way in the world than this.