Well, no, of course the Cameroid isn’t going to make you happy.
Whatever happened to happiness? David Cameron, remember, was not only going to make us happier, but measure the size of our happiness with some bizarre wellbeing index
Quite apart from anything else, our happiness or lack of it is not a politician’s business. The role of government is to implement policies on matters that affect us collectively – and these should be kept to an absolute minimum. The matter of personal happiness is not something they should be seeking to involve themselves in. Ever. That said, if they were to butt out of our lives and stop trying to tell us what to eat, drink or smoke, then my happiness index would be in danger of going through the roof.
This, though, is not the thrust of Suzanne Moore’s article. As with most things Guardian, the very idea of such things as personal responsibility are an anathema.
The all-purpose term “wellbeing” has been recast as an individual responsibility.
Actually, yeah, that’s precisely what it should be. Sure, government makes me unhappy – this is because it extorts around half my income using one of the nastiest organisations this side of the Krays to do so and then pisses it up the wall on schemes designed to reduce my liberty to live my life as I see fit.
So, go on, make my day, jump off a cliff…