I had lunch with a friend of mine the other day who is fascinating to talk to. I made a comment about how people seem to look to the government to shield them from the consequences of everything going wrong – and as we all know there have been a lot of challenges that contributed to an economic climate that is causing a great deal of anxiety at the moment.
I sometimes catch comments of politicians who seem to be struggling to find the right balance between providing support and in some case, their comments seem to indicated that they don’t think they can be expected to bail out everyone. More and more I am picking up on their admission that they are struggling to know what to do next.
I just find it interesting because people my age may remember that in our childhood there was a recession and nobody knew about the internet – and people my parents age knew things like rationing and outside toilets – and people my grandparents age knew a world without fridges, washing machines, microwaves etc. But we sort of know that we were ok actually.
Whereas now, in a world full of modern conveniences and technological advancements, some people seem very frightened by the thought of the cost of living crisis. There are so many different cases. There are already people out there who are nowhere near making ends meet, and are reliant on external support and having to make tough decisions over what they can afford – food or heating. But there are others who are not having to make those decisions (yet) but are aghast at the cost of petrol to fill up their vehicle.
There is a lot of talk about what the governments could and should do to help and I imagine it will go on for a long time.