It was not usual to see flashing yellow and red lights as alarms went of around a plant. It took a skilled operator to know what to worry about, and what was of secondary importance.
Well right now more and more financial lights are flashing in the news. The Euro, our national debt ( still climbing and with no reduction in national spending planned - despite what a bunch of middle class students think ), even China.
It all looks unstable. The problem is we are, as a result of our political system, lead by amateurs, who have short term interests written into their contracts. If you though annual bonuses for bankers encourage reckless speculation, then quintennial elections do the same for politicians ( who live for the next election - not the future ).
So what the rest of us need to start thinking about right now is a broader, and hopefully short lived - collapse.
We know from the weather that there isn't much food in the country any more. Does anyone believe the government could feed the country for 6 months as the world sorted itself out ? Or indeed that what we produce in this country would be worth battering for food afterwards ?
It is time to start considering some of the unpalatable possibilities of collapse facing the world. The warning lights are flashing - the question is what do they mean and is our government making preparations for some of the less electorally fabvourable outcomes that might be life or death issues to us in two years time ?