The British press these days seems to be in a state of mortal dread. Nothing is going right. Everything is going wrong. It is as if someone has pulled the plug and the UK is about to disappear down the drain.

I am left wondering what happened to the stiff upper lip that is supposed to be the hallmark of Britain’s response to misfortune. It is not as if the UK is alone in facing tough times. The whole of Europe is in turmoil. But there is a lot less hysteria on this side of the Channel.