One hundred years ago today the battle of the Somme began. Today the British can only talk about leaving the European Union. What might we look back on in one hundred years from now?

So much changes in a century that is it very hard to imagine how much might change. What might they ask you in a Job Centre in one hundred years from now? Or at least ask the great-grandchildren most of us imagine may be living then, when we are no longer around. The conversation may begin like this:

“Why are you working so much?” The volunteer in the job-centre asked me. “Do you need something to calm you down, something for your nerves? You’re working too much; you need to slowdown, take more time off. Go out of the city for a month, travel slowly for a year, let someone else take the strain – don’t you know that there isn’t enough work to go round?”

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