Our political leaders must tell it like it is
As we start another year it is easy to focus on the negatives. Most of the Budget increases in taxes and charges took effect yesterday and the continuing euro crisis means that the economic outlook remains uncertain.
Times are tough and are going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
However, while it is vital that we are fully aware of the problems facing us, it is important to realise that this is not the full story. Record unemployment, sky-high public and private-sector debts, a huge gap in the public finances and a collapse in consumer confidence are only part of the story.