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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:04 am on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 11:04 am, 21st March 2019

W. B. Yeats said:

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure…but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”

We should therefore all have more to smile about, because the UK has indeed grown, according to the world happiness index—we have gone up the table. Yet so much of our discourse here is either doom-laden or dull, and Government perpetually risk being meanly managerial or meekly mechanistic. So will the Leader of the House arrange for a debate that will enable us to measure Government policy in terms of the difference it makes to quality of life; to gauge the difference it makes to wellbeing? We here must make it our mission to inspire and our duty to enthral. We must dare to dream.