Confidence and a certain joie de vivre is back, but politicians should beware
The public value a steady approach, more cash in their pockets, good services, and careful stewardship through Brexit
Last week, we revealed that people's confidence had returned to record levels not witnessed since 1989, to a time when the sustainable period of the Celtic Tiger was about to emerge, as opposed to the credit-fuelled boom of the Noughties that brought the whole thing crashing down in an unholy mess, the ramifications of which are still evident.
Today's second part of the Kantar Millward Brown poll confirms that people have thrown, or are throwing off, the shackles; that they want to, indeed, intend to, live a more enjoyable lifestyle, which is again to be welcomed. But it is also evident that a certain caution rather than a devil-may-care spend, spend, spend attitude is the order of the day.
The question now arises as to how all of this will play out on the political scene over the next 12 months or so.