People are becoming more fearful and anxious, according to a stark warning from the Mental Health Foundation.
A worrying seven million people in the UK have anxiety problems, says the disturbing report, 'In The Face Of Fear', with 77% saying that the world had become a more frightening place in the last ten years. The charity blames the media and politicians for creating what it calls a "culture of fear".
"It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship," agreed one former politician, the late Hermann Goering. "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
"Don't listen to that old Nazi," responded Gordon Brown. "If I were you, I'd be more concerned about knife crime, global recession, international terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, the resurgence of the Real IRA and North Korea's plans to bombard Britain with nuclear warheads."
"Not forgetting all these dangerous, unpatriotic protesters, of course," he added.
Meanwhile, editorial staff at the Daily Mail were busy preparing a front-page article headlined: "STOP WORRYING OR DIE".