Commuting is one of the most tedious, joyless and stressful parts of the working day and over the past 20 years, the average time spent enduring this self-inflicted purgatory has risen by around 50%. According to travel psychologists, in terms of job satisfaction, this equates to a 29% pay cut.

Almost 900,000 people now commute for at least three hours a day and although most of them have consequently increased their annual income by a considerable degree, none of them have the time, energy or interest to spend the extra money on anything they might have once enjoyed.

For obvious reasons, replacing a death sentence with life imprisonment is also known as commuting.