"Keep things as they are," is always the catch-cry of those who are happy with their lot. "Change is a waste of time" makes sense to those who are doing well and see no reason to disturb their privileged existence.

That is precisely why the right-wing party in Britain calls itself the Conservatives - they have plenty to conserve and they don't want anyone rocking the boat - especially if it's a luxury yacht. The corollary is that they have little interest in, or sympathy for, those whose vessels are a little less seaworthy.

The usual argument of those