Perhaps it is the same up north, but down here in London, the leftists are plumbing new depths of angst and despair. In today's Guardian, Madeleine Bunting provided a typical offering of this doom-mongering.
Here are a few choice quotes from an archetypal miserablist:
"Market dogma is exposed as myth. Where is the new vision to unite us?With religion outmoded and society fragmented, it will require a different kind of moral narrative to inspire change."
"We must correct a generation of abdication to the market of all measures of value."
"The possibility of change – of radically reforming the institutions that have so betrayed trust – is slipping between our fingers."
The problem is a near sense of desperation as to how this is to come about, as current prescriptions offered by all political parties are emptied of meaning and credibility.
"Every other modern narrative – communism, socialism, even those that were destructive, such as neoliberalism and fascism – laid claim to a version of the kingdom of God, a better world that would nurture a better human being. They were all narratives of redemption and salvation. All that we have now is apocalypse, and it is paralysing."
This last quote is a true gem of deception. Notice the distinction between the four "modern narratives". Only neoliberalism and fascism are destructive. Communism and socialism get a free pass. Would the Kulaks see it that way?
Oh, woe, woe, thrice woe! Could the source of this misery be that New Labour are about to face the electorate?