We're drinking too much, and ...
As a dog returns to its vomit, Labour ministers can't resist missing an opportunity to have a pop at the English middle classes. In years past, a Prime Minister might encourage us to enjoy Christmas, our families, our friends and gird our loins for the year ahead, which is going to be tough.
Now the entire cabinet, dosed up on Prozac, reassures us that all's well in the garden, but that we should not enjoy ourselves over Winterval, that we should avoid any alcohol in particular, that families are the primary cause of the violence and abuse that only the State can solve by abolishing them, and that any mention of 'loins' is out of the question and probably loinist.
A drearier and more tedious odium of Puritans than this lot would be hard to find.