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WHY don't we get cross about things any more? I'm looking at pictures of students in France who - among many other sectors of society - are throwing rocks at police and setting fire to things.

They are doing this even though President Sarkozy's pension proposals - to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 - won't affect them for another 40 years.

That's the difference between us and the French. It's the difference between us and most of humanity, if the truth be known.

How did we, the British, become so smug, so indolent, so stoical? A better question would be, what exactly will it take to kick-start a revolution? Are we going to go 'mustn't grumble' to our political, social and emotional graves? Will the Con-Dems succeed in dismantling the welfare state and the NHS under the smokescreen of a drive towards economic recovery and debts repaid? Probably - because nothing, but nothing, of any importance arouses us.

We've been fed too long on X-factor and Celebrity Come Dancing, the lives of Z-list celebrities and football.

We have been reduced to the level of compliant, drooling morons, sitting wall-eyed in front of the TV with our microwaved dinner and a box of McGreasy chips on our laps.

We have got the politicians we deserve. It's all-pervasive.

We laugh at politicians and what do we get? Laughable politicians who all look like startled bank clerks or disenchanted undertakers.

The last politician I got worked up about was Maggie Thatcher. My hackles still rise, Pavlovian style, every time I hear her name. I think what she did to the people of this country was unforgivable.

I hated her politics, her Halloween stare, her condescending militancy, her hectoring bullying attitude ... I hated everything about her and hate her still, which is irrational since she is now a ailing old woman who can offer no threat to my principles or way of life.

Time to get back to that box of McGreasys. Yum yum.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Nov 4, 2010
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