Talking to ministers over the past few weeks, I have been struck by how fatalistic they have become. They do not seem, in the main, to be rebellious, angry or even despairing. Despair is too energetic a word. They seem clinically depressed, tired and flat.
H.P. Lovecraft :
There was something of stolid resignation about them all, as if they walked half in another world between lines of nameless guards to a certain and familiar doom.