Not the word problem—the word ‘problem’. It’s an issue.
Because these days there aren’t any problems. They’ve been taken away and I don’t know why. Course, we still have problems, they don’t go away, but we call them issues.
Like the prostate cancer issue. There was an advert on the wireless, exhorting men to have regular checkups. Not because prostate cancer is a problem, oh no, but because prostate cancer can kill you.
So now, mere issues can kill you. Surely that’s a problem?
Nuts. Why don’t we call a spade a spade and a problem a problem, like we used to? Then we could have issues distinct from problems. Spend weeks having meetings on them. Oh, wait, we do that now, but we call them issues.
Are we these days weak? Have we lost the strength to confront problems as strong men once did? Must we disguise the nasty truth to spare our feelings? Do we have no balls?
Perhaps. But it would still be no issue—that’s what no balls means.