The UK is facing some of its bleakest days since the end of WW2, almost 80 years ago. As such, this is, as one Labour politician has described it "a national emergency". A few weeks ago, we lost our beloved Queen. We lost a few days ago arguably our greatest novelist (Mantel). Even our recently excellent national football team is tanking. Covid-19 rates are rising. Russia has threatened to nuke our ally. But now, the Pound sterling (£) the symbol of the kingdom, after the monarch, is both symbolically and actually crashing - today down to its lowest rate ever against the US dollar. There is hope. We have a new King. The Bank of England can step in. Ukraine can win. This is all a landscape of grim historic challenges, and feels very much like an epochal shift.