Preparing myself for a transatlantic flight, I've picked up a couple of Agatha Christie novels to keep me amused. First up is After the Funeral, originally published in the mid-1950s. What is fascinating about it is how Christie throughout the novel bemoans the cultural and moral decline of the nation. Pretty typical is this:
Ugh! This country's full of gangsters nowadays - thugs ... Nobody's got the guts to put these things down - to take a strong hand. What's the country coming to, I'd like to know.? What's the damned country coming to?
Sounds like classic Daily Mail circa 2005. Of course, a quote from a pulp detective novel proves very little. It only points to the fact that Golden Ages only ever exist in the past. In 2055 I have absolutely no doubt that people will be bemoaning the Golden Age of the first decade of the century. Twas ever thus.