Holidays begin at home
AS patriotic duties go, spending two weeks in the west of Ireland must rank as one of the more pleasant. Or, if you live in the west of Ireland, how about a break in Dublin or Cork? There is great value to be had in what used to be some of the world's most expensive cities.
Yesterday, the OECD joined every other expert in telling us that lack of domestic spending is the big drag on the economy. Most of us may not be in a position to spend more, and others may not be in the mood, but we can at least make sure that as much as possible of what we do spend stays at home.
All of which makes it very difficult for any politician who wants a bit of sun or -- what's even worse -- a bit of skiing for later in the year. Woe betide the Minister who is found basking on some foreign shore while those in the tourism business at home struggle to stay afloat.