I agree to some extent with Jared Diamond that the worst mistake in the history of the human race, let alone Britain, was the replacement of hunter-gathering by agriculture, which fuelled rapid population growth, urbanisation and disease.
There are times when people say things that are so foolish that they leave one virtually speechless, gasping for air and grasping to utter anything other than an inarticulate, strangled yelp.
This suggestion struck me as being one of those things.
Because the only reason that Anjana is writing in a newspaper and pissing me right off, rather than being regularly fucked by the dominant male in the tribe and popping out a sprog every nine months, is because the human race was the specialisation that we indulged in and which allowed people to do something other than scrape out a living twenty four hours a fucking day.
This woman is a fucking moron.
UPDATE: just in case you were wondering, I am currently pondering my choice for Britain's biggest mistake. Although I am tempted to say, "not strangling Gordon Brown at birth" or "not shooting Ted Heath in his lying, fucking face before he took us into the EU", I think that there can be only one serious candidate, certainly in the last century: it has to be The Welfare State.
The Welfare State has sapped the souls of those who it was supposed to help, infantilising them; the insulation that it provides has led to generations of people who neither understand nor care about the consequences of their actions.
The Welfare State has been enormously expensive and fantastically wasteful, thus sapping the incentive in those who pay for it to work; they have seen their hard-earned cash pissed up the wall on providing perverse incentives for those who are the recipients.
The Welfare State has near destroyed real charity in Britain; people see large sums disappearing from their wages and, enormous though the remainder might be, they feel no compunction to help their fellow man whilst the state is attempting to fulfill that role.
The Welfare State has provided both an excuse and a mechanism for the creeping totalitarianism that we now see; the justification of the state as ever-benevolent force and the ever-increasing taxation has, essentially, provided near-limitless economic and "moral" basis for state intrusion into our lives.
The Welfare State has corroded and corrupted society, respect for property and one's fellow man; it has encouraged greed, fecklessness and indolence; and it has turned a once-proud and independent people into a bunch of pathetic, selfish supplicants, clients of the state who use the ballot box merely to enhance their hand-outs.
Abolish the Welfare State.