Is it just me, or does anyone else get the distinct impression that we, the great British public, are being encouraged by our politicians to hit the high street as hard as we can and to ‘spend spend spend’?
Is there any chance that one fine morning in the not too distant future SOMEONE will appear on our television screens to point out that this might NOT be the greatest of all ideas.
Whether or not certain politicians are even allowed to say such a thing is not the point. Someone has to say it. And frankly, it would help if it wasn’t a politician.
If one of the causes of the financial crisis was that people were spending money they could not afford to spend, notching up debts they could not repay, then where are the voices of common sense (or at the very least, balance) as we tune into the Today programme each morning?
Speaking of things that politicians are and are not ‘allowed’ to say, RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor writes far more eloquently than I could on a subject which has been on my mind this week;
“Sticking on the combined topics of the downturn and my grumpiness, it is depressing that Tory health spokesman Andrew Lansley has agreed to apologise for his comments about the health consequences of recession. He simply said on his blog that by reducing consumption on things like booze, fags and sweets a downturn can be good for our health. Not only is it true but it is a rare example of a politician engaging seriously with what the downturn will mean for us. Governing politicians (here, and particularly insanely in the US) are like drug dealers encouraging us to get hooked onto debt again, while the Conservatives try to imply there is another way out of the crisis without ever quite telling us what this is and why no other Government in the world seems to agree with them. In contrast Andrew Lansley said something honest and thought provoking – no wonder he was forced to recant.”