In 1949 William Haley wrote the following:
England is sick; sick of a wasting fever; with deep political roots. Nothing can be done sraightforwardly; committees confer endlessly; the individual who wants to do anything is swamped in a sea of formalities, forms and other papers. The press is trivial, mean-spirited; Parliament is just a lot of Party hacks; government endlessly consults the Trades Union Congress before it makes up its mind.
How depressing that the only change in sixty years is a drift from trades unions to focus groups.