The government hears that life in UK is getting tougher for those of us not exactly flush. Out here on the street we see it, and we know it, we live it.
BBC news confirmed tonight, 'The UK's key inflation rate hit its highest level for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices.
|Brexit allows politicians to return to their role as king of the castle. ... at least most of these well-off people are perfectly happy to leave Brussels behind and to rule again.|
'The Consumer Prices Index climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012.'
And we see it in discount supermarkets where people shop carefully. Three examples surfaced at the lower-cost shops I use.
Last week, I watched a lady at the head of the queue handing back groceries to the cashier. She added up the amounts out loud as she returned each item, until the bill matched the sum of the coins in her hand which she then counted out to the girl at the till.
At the weekend, I waited in the cashier queue while a customer explained why he needed four items of a 'special' promoted with a limit of three per customer.
The manager was called, voices were raised, the shopper revealed the exact change he had for the 'special'. And that, he said, was all he had. However, the rule wasn't relaxed and the struggling shopper wasn't permitted to buy what he needed.
And then tonight, a woman beside the cashier looked at the till slip, then at her shopping, said, 'Look, I'm sorry,' and walked away empty-handed.
There's little encouragement for any of those aspiring shoppers, nor for so many who struggle for existence in the face of Brexit.
Tell the truth
Included in the news are more warnings of Brexit's likely damage to the economy. The advice to politicians is to tell the electorate the truth and let them vote again.
Of course, Brexit allows politicians to return to their role as king of the castle. It's no surprise that at least most of these well-off people are perfectly happy to leave Brussels behind and to rule again. What if Brexit costs £20 billion! What's twenty billion to a country like Britain! It's not a sum that the people I see every day could possibly imagine.
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