The VW scandal is the least of it where loss of basic health protection is concerned. I’m always astonished to hear children put forward as the be-all and end-all of life at one end of a middle class dinner table, while the other end is boasting about having the filter and chip modified on the school run diesel. You know it makes sense. One of the real successes of neoliberalism has been its quiet encouragement of regulatory laissez faire, corporate cheating, local business greed and individual stupidity: welcome back to 1950. Soon it’ll be as if nothing ever changed.