On this, the most romantic of days, we remain locked in a tough-love boot camp
I HOPE that Valentine's card you signed with a row of kisses today was homemade because you can't afford a shop-bought one. And step away from those hothouse roses in the florist's – your budget won't stretch to them.
Romance will have to be conjured up by gestures of affection as opposed to objects of affection. While that's not necessarily a negative – rampant consumerism never delivered true love – the reasons for this restraint aren't conducive to a happy Valentine's Day.
We're living in a tough love regime. Yesterday's Finance Bill detailing the new property tax was proof that Ireland's citizens remain locked up in tough-love boot camp.