With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, and the only comment from Brian (Lips) Cowen being "Bah Humbug", how are those with children going to cope with demands from their youngsters for more and more expensive gifts. I suspect what will happen is that an awful lot of people who are already in a state of virtual fiscal collapse, will head out to the money-lenders and money lending companies, in order to give their kids what they asked for. This in turn will of course lead to more and more depression hitting those who are already finding things difficult, those thousands of families who are in danger of losing their homes, those who have lost jobs in the last year, seeing no hope for the future and then the "feck them all anyway"mentality sets in and loans are secured, at appalling interest rates, not from banks but from loan sharks.
The fear that these families feel must be terrible. The worry unbearable, but for the sake of the children, Christmas has to go on as if nothing has happened and Santa is still expected. I think that especially because we had the "boom" years that we will feel the loss of income even more, and how do you explain to a child that the toy you promised them is now not coming? You can't and so you borrow.
The one thing this Godforsaken Government can do is plaster post offices and community buildings, libraries and suchlike with information about M.A.B.S. so that at least people who get in well over their heads have information to hand which shows where help can be found and advice given. M.A.B.S. give an excellent service, free, counselling you on your debts, your budget and giving you legal advice.
This matter is really worrying and I am so afraid for those who will not be able to manage the stress of no job, loss of home, and no hope on offer for the future. I hope all those out there who made a "killing" in the boom years on the backs of p.a.y.e. workers are prepared to see the further consequences of their ambition and hope that more killings will not be the end result.