Dalrymple writes in the Express about the results of a study commissioned by Prime Minister Cameron:
The survey found that the richest people tend to be the happiest, the least anxious and most fulfilled in their lives; poor people the least happy, the most anxious and least fulfilled in their lives.
He discusses some interesting caveats and corollaries to this finding, including for example, the effect that meritocracy has on one’s contentment. But he returns to the PM:
…this is bad news for Mr Cameron who commissioned the survey for he will no longer be able to argue (if the economy does not improve), that it does not really matter because increased wealth does not make people happier anyway.In trying to find a non-economic means of measuring our wellbeing he was almost certainly trying to excuse himself in advance for any possible failure in the economic field.It is extremely unlikely that this would wash with the public – and the public would be right.