Cartoon: If only I had a job ...
You can use if only + past simple to express a wish for something to be different than it actually is:
• If only I had more free time, I'm sure I'd be less stressed and more cheerful (i.e., I don't have enough free time).
• If only I knew more people, I wouldn't feel so lonely (i.e., I don't know many people).
1. The words 'rock' and 'hard place' on the map refer to a common idiom. If you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, you are being faced with two difficult choices. A dilemma; either option you choose will lead to unsatisfactory results. In Cameron's case, he could either have agreed to sign up to the treaty, which would have infuriated the Eurosceptic Tory MPs (not to mention the right-wing press), or use his veto and risk alienation from the other 26 EU members. In the end, he chose the latter course.
2. The arrows are inspired by the of the popular seventies BBC TV sitcom ' .