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Well London

This, I imagine, will make everyone squirm with embarrassment, starting with the horrible and presumably intentionally 'street' name for the venture:

"Lottery funding worth £14million was today granted to fund a major campaign to make Londoners happier.

Tens of thousands of people will be shown how to improve "wellbeing" by growing vegetables in window boxes, becoming more optimistic and taking more exercise".

Imagine the reaction of most Londoners to a 'Happiness Commissar' rolling up at the doorstep when said Londoner is watching TV, having a chat with the other half, blogging etc and declaring 'I'm from the government and how can I make you happier?'. I imagine the commissar would be fortunate if the response was as mild as 'going away would be a very good start'.

What with recycling being all the rage in quango etc circles, perhaps the programme could be renamed 'Strength Through Joy'.

Meanwhile, in a wholly unconnected development the Spanish Publishers Federation and the Culture Ministry is paying out of work (presumably) actors to dress up as Don Quixote etc to wander around Spanish beaches berating the populace for not reading. You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think, as the great Dorothy Parker once put it.

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Blogger Lord Straf-Bilderberg said... 11:20 am

Your answer to the Commissar was, Mr. C, to go away. Mine would be to organize for the government to get out of our lives and let us get on with them.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:28 am

Indeed, James, indeed. I suspect that if the Joy Police turned up at Croydonian Towers with some 'bright ideas', I could have just about as much fun as is humanly possible without taking one's clothes off.  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:56 am

A moe direct approach to making me ghappy might have been taken with £14,000,000..sigh...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:59 am

Willing to go halves on it N?  

Blogger Hercules said... 5:45 pm

Get rid of that bafoon Livingstone and Londoners may smile a little more.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:13 am

Who's Joy?  

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