In 2004 I embarked, somewhat foolishly and naively, on a journey to write a trilogy of books about masculinity. In 2013 the third book was published, I sighed in relief, they had consumed nine years of my life. During the writing hiatuses I would tour a one-man show in which I experimented with concepts and ideas for the books. Those were tough times.
If one man in Stroud can find a viable alternative to powering cars over 150mph, surely the best brains in the country can work out how to pull Britain through the recession? Written like that, it sounds so simple, doesn't it? So, if there's a consensus that what we're doing now isn't working, what is the alternative? Certainly in Europe, the politicians haven't convinced the electorate that austerity is the way forward. Witness the general strikes in Greece and rioting in Spain. When there is no alternative, people take the law into their own hands.