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A self-indulgent panicky post

I try to be upbeat here on this little blog, but I just need to get this off my chest – we’re all doomed! VAT at 20% and the government are going to be cutting departmental budgets by a quarter. This will mean job losses upon job losses in the public sector, and noone is safe. I suppose Dave and I have been mentally preparing ourselves for him not finding a new job for a while when his contract is up in April, but at least we can technically live off my job for a while. Which we thought of as a nice civil service job for life. How silly that seems now! I really have no idea what will happen if we are both unemployed, and how either of us would find a job ever again – geneticist and social researcher are not the best jobs to have when neither academia not government are hiring, and any private sector work is basically entirely dependent on government funding. I am really scaring myself panicky at this point!

To bring this slightly back to the usual blog themes: I’ve been spending money on dressing and beauty a lot recently*, and it needs to stop! I’m not denying myself socialising cash just yet, but there will be no more shoes, or dresses, or nail polish. I know full well that I have lots of lovely things already, and I really need to make the most of them. Any spare cash at all is going into the savings.

Which is probably awful for the British economy, and likely to put us back into the recession, if we all act like that. I wonder what Gideon Osbourne will do then? Maybe there will be a social revolution. We can but hope.

So yeah, sorry about this ranty post. Do have a look at the scheduled Barcelona one from half an hour ago. And normal service will resume tomorrow, I promise.

* To be fair, I have been saving as well, I’ve not been reckless. I am German, hence predisposed to be sensible with money, plus recklessness is not in my nature.

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  • Alli 23 June 2010, 4:17 pm

    Oh dear, Franca! Don't worry, I'm sure everything will work out and be just fine.

    You're smart to save, but I think you're right not to completely hole up and stop spending entirely.

  • Rad_in_Broolyn 23 June 2010, 4:25 pm

    Franca, I was thinking about my Brit friends and blog acquaintances when I read about the budget. I'm a social scientist so I am obsessed with this kind of thing. I am also in the public sector, and NY State is bankrupt, so I feel your pain. Here's to crossed fingers for all of us (and my heart goes to those whose benefits are being cut in the most awful ways. Tories!)

  • Anonymous 23 June 2010, 5:14 pm

    Yikes. I am crossing my fingers for you. – jesse.anne.o (my gmail account is down for some reason)

  • meegiemoo 23 June 2010, 5:44 pm

    All those years of low taxes are starting to bite governments in the arse. The same thing is happening here in Canada (specifically my province of Nova Scotia.)
    Our VAT equivalent (called HST) is up to 15% and public service jobs are not being refilled.

    *hugs*

  • Side Street Style 23 June 2010, 7:49 pm

    I know the budget is crazy and is going to effect so many people except the very rich (and ofcourse the politicians making the cuts!). My boyfriend and I are expecting our first child in Sept and they are cutting child trust fund completely and the child tax section of working tax credit and freezing child benefit. We both work and I am in my final year of my degree, we both pay taxes but I just don't know how we are going to cope since my partners hours have been cut down from 42hrs per week to 35 because of cuts and I juggle a part-time job with University. Also what am I going to do with a degree when I finish because no one is hiring? Move country I think – seriously.
    I hope your partners contract is extended or he finds another job quickly after

  • Helen 23 June 2010, 8:56 pm

    I am in the same boat! I'm trying to find work as a librarian in the public sector but it's so hard at the moment. Both local councils and universities are on recruitment freezes. My boyfriend is doing his phd in immunology but who knows what will happen after that? It is scary times but I always tell myself that these things work out…

  • Sara Lynn 23 June 2010, 9:24 pm

    That is exactly how it is here in MI too. I try to still spend money to keep the economy going, but I try to be careful. Shopping? Use coupons and check the sales racks. Same with eating out. It really, really, is crappy and I hope that you get to keep your job.

  • Teenysparkles 24 June 2010, 12:33 am

    Mmmmm, sorry to hear you might have reason for worry. It is the same here. Hope your job is safe. And you're allowed a panicky post! Sometimes, it is easier to get real things off your chest through the blogosphere.

  • Teenysparkles 24 June 2010, 2:45 am

    Oh and Franca! Don't go to my blog…I've just sent you a package for the Art Swap; and I blogged about it, so no peeking!

  • Chelsea 25 June 2010, 12:37 am

    Uncertainty can lead to some really great adventures.

  • Retro Chick 25 June 2010, 9:37 am

    Please don't panic! Worrying won't change a little thing. (I tell myseslf that too, and I also don't listen)

    Whatever happens you won't starve, I promise! Worst comes to the worst you'll be entitled to all those benefits they're also cutting 😉

  • Eyeliah 26 June 2010, 5:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about this, I know everything will work out.