Did Britain ever stop going to work on an egg?

OK, so hardly anyone has a job these days, after the coalition decided mass employment was a luxury Austerity Britain couldn’t afford.

And those of us left in what used to be called the rat race certainly don’t have time to boil, scramble or omelettify an abortive chicken foetus before heading off to gainful employment in the morning.

So it was all the more welcome to see Tony Hancock’s classic commercial from the 1960s revived this week during Mad Men.

It reminds us of a simpler, happier age, when all you needed to sell a product was to write your slogan on the dressing gown of a manic depressive alcoholic.