Governments are more likely to help create conditions for it by seeking economic growth, rather than well-being.
It is mistaken to believe that the British people are collectively optimistic, happy-go-lucky, and modernity-obsessed – and on the same wavelength as those that are.
At the same time, my research shows some of the hurdles any theoretical new movement will have to cross if it is to survive contact with reality.
People no longer buy coffee and a snack on their way into work, do not go out at lunchtime, and often stay in the premises late into the evening.
“We want to kick-starting a transport revolution that steers our population towards healthier ways of getting from A to B.”
A flexible labour market, a well-regarded legal system, and comparatively favourable demographics relative to the major European economies are all valuable assets.
It would bring with it many compensations, including regulatory freedom, tariff income and £39 billion of cold, hard cash.
Trashing last Friday’s event is doubtless fun for Conservative commentators, but not the right course at all for the Conservative Party.
Making Britain better post-Brexit will mean tough decisions about priorities. And that requires the Conservatives to know who their people are.
Ultimately, it is economic growth not traditional aid which will support the growing populations of the developing world.
If he can’t get an early election, he would take a disorderly departure from the EU, leading to a recession – and to victory at a later date.