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Dear Richard Madeley: 'Help! I’m turning into a proper Victor Meldrew'

Richard Madeley
Dear Richard Madeley: 'Help! I’m turning into a proper Victor Meldrew' - Rii Schroer/Getty Images

Dear Richard

Help! I’m turning into a proper Victor Meldrew I am approaching 82. I’m fit, active, happily married with successful children and lovely grandchildren. I’m a lucky man and I know it.

The trouble is, I am becoming more and more irascible: I feel angry and fearful about living in what was once considered a polite, stable and reliable nation. I have a severe case of the Victor Meldrews when it comes to football hooligans, public hugging and crying, infuriating recorded messages, political correctness, overpaid footballers, litter, beards, the Speaker of the House of Commons, animals’ and pupils’ rights and, of course, politicians.

I know that you will say “relax” because I can’t do anything about these matters, but that doesn’t help. How can I be the saviour of my country and my blood pressure?

Anon, Herts

Dear Anon

I find myself in complete agreement with every one of your observations, and I am 20 years your junior. Does that make me the one with the problem? ‘worried’, daily telegraph