This past week saw the anniversary of the death of Tom Paine, and the publication of 1984. But it started worse.
First the news that more than 900,000 people voted for the tacky British version of fascists.
Then the prospects of much needed reform to the British constitution and voting system are set way back by being embraced Gordon Brown's government, where power centres on an unelected peer as First Secretary of just about everything. (That so many people voted for fascists is not coincidental)
Then a study suggesting the UK may face a new generation of terrorists more dangerous than the semi-trained "amateurs" now in jail.
Fings, as they say, can only get better. Or can they?