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.