First it was Ken at Early Days Of A Better Nation signalling his disquiet, and now Harry has been choking on his cornflakes after reading an article by Martin Kettle in today's Guardian about the prospects of the Tories surprising everyone - including themselves? - by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the forthcoming General Election. Harry seems particularly affected by it all 'cos it has prompted him to launch into a trip down memory lane, seemingly scripted by Colin Welland with the soundtrack provided by the Style Council.
Don't splutter too loudly, Harry, or you will get this lot panicking as well:
"According to Tony Atkinson of Oxford University, the UK's leading expert on inequality, the top 1 per cent of the population now receive more of the nation's income than at any time since the 1930s.The Office for National Statistics reports that this group of 600,000 people doubled its wealth to £797bn in Labour's first six years. The share of national wealth taken by these super-rich has grown from 20 to 23 per cent, while the share of the poorest 50 per cent shrank from 10 per cent in 1986 to 5 per cent in 2002."
From John Kampfner's cover article The Bling Bling List in this week's New Statesman.