Earlier this year, we had a talk by Oliver James (See: https://liverpoolmpa.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/can-we-create-a-sane-city-in-a-mad-affluenza-affected-britain/) about creating a sane city in a mad world. He picked up on some of the themes that are familiar to those who read the increasing number of works on happiness. Growth and wealth are not the answers to everything. Indeed, there is good evidence to suggest the quest for wealth is a factor in distress. Now David Cameron is talking about it. And Sarkozy, too! This is all good stuff if it leads to discussions about purpose, value etc. But no.
Instead, we have an Office of National Statistics consultation on how to measure it. We don’t even know what it is yet, but we must measure it. After all, as the ONS say, ‘statistics are the bedrock of democracy’. I kid you not.