Counting the cost of the bust
IF money cannot buy us happiness, not having it seems to buy us a whole lot of grief. This is just one conclusion that can be readily drawn from the latest annual report of the Courts Service. There is the obvious fallout from the downturn reflected in the dramatic rise in cases involving debt, insolvency and the winding-up of companies.
And then there are the massive personal tolls taken, which are far less easy to define; but possibly even more far-reaching.
At the height of the boom, it was often somewhat sniffily pointed out to us by the socially conscious that, as a nation, we must aspire to be a society primarily, with the economy being a secondary consideration.