This is unusual for me as I have always enjoyed Christmas — the crowds on the high street, the parties, the blessed relief when the shops finally close on 24 December and there is nothing more to buy even if you wanted to, the day itself shared with your nearest and dearest, sharing gifts while carols play, Top Gear Christmas Special on the telly, good food and lots of it, even the jokes in the crackers. But not this year.
I think it’s because the penny has dropped that the country is completely broke and has been for years. Now we can’t afford to give our children a university education to add to being unable to build new hospitals or schools without private finance or provide the elderly with a decent pension. It’s all very depressing.
But worst of all is being told that “we’re all in this together” by millionaire politicians whose idea of belt-tightening is to settle for just the one pheasant instead of the usual brace and letting the servants go to replace them with cheaper migrant labour while the bankers and big businessmen continue to grow fat.
So in a effort to get this out of my system, the first tune on my play list is Buy Nothing At All by Joel Kroeker that I first came across in 2004 on the Buy Nothing Christmas website.
Our impotent rulers who we voted in
Can’t put their kingdom together again
We’ve been paying through the nose
To serve a king with no clothes
And we wonder who is running this show