Off to ring bells for a wedding. Before I do, I note an old, true post with a number of replies. I like this one best,
What an excellent - if somewhat gloomy - post Mr FM, made all the more interesting by the supportive and defiant comments of your readers. The ship is not sinking, it is listing and the lifeboats are ready but, if and when we must, we will step up into them, not jump down on to them. For the time being we stand and we fight: Nil illegitimi carborundum. Furthermore, as someone who spent half his life (and most of his working life) overseas, I concur with the Englishman: the glass is half full and despite all the pondlife this England remains a darn good place to live.