Driving into Hove Town Hall the other day a stone hit my windscreen, causing me some fleeting distraction and, for the briefest of moments, to avert my gaze from the road ahead. I soon recovered with no damage done.
A similar experience hit me a few weeks ago following the government’s spring statement.
The chaos in Westminster is but a stone on the windscreen of life across the millennia and yet, sometimes, just sometimes, we need to focus back to the real issue: the underlying condition of the real economy – which is actually rather good at the moment.
While the diet we are fed daily means we are all certainly expecting the economy to turn bad, whatever your views on the EU and Corbyn, the two “themes” defining politics at the moment, the UK is actually doing quite well. I know, who’d have thought it?
We have more people in work than ever, households are continuing to spend, inequality is at a 30-year low and salaries are now rising at the fastest rate in 10 years. The budget deficit is also at its lowest level since 2003.
But I don’t hear this on the 10 o’clock news. We just hear about politicians running around as if caught by in a giant Westminster-based pinball machine.
If this chaos, and the very real threat of a Corbyn government, has inhibited the economy, then I wonder why our growth remains in line with other developed countries.
“But the car industry is pulling out of the UK!” I hear you say.
Well, not really. The car industry is going through massive changes and a future that will surely be electric not diesel.
Just look at Germany heading for a slump. Business investment in the UK is subdued but this is hardly surprising with the level of uncertainty everywhere.
Removal of this uncertainly will unleash a torrent of investment and the growth that follows will be awe inspiring.
So what happens when a stone hits your windscreen? My advice is to pull over, chill a bit, calm your nerves and then get on with your journey.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first turn of the key.
Councillor Tony Janio is the leader of the opposition Conservatives on Brighton and Hove City Council.
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