People are fond of saying it it is the hope that kills but we must never give up hope. In the Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf says 'It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not." We do not see the end beyond all doubt at the moment so we have more than hope on our side. The doom and gloom merchants and the Ralph must go nutcases must not be listened to. It is not time yet for despair.