Friday, February 27, 2009

The end of white van man?


I pass on this little anecdote for no other reason than it illustrates, yet again, how the economic collapse is affecting ordinary people in the country.

Having a chat with some parents at the U12s rugby training session last evening one of the mums was describing a homework project that her son had been given. The objective was to plan a new by-pass around Chesterfield and it involved carrying out a traffic survey of a short stretch ring road that was built in the 1970s. The lack of "white van" traffic was most notable.

My builder friend confirmed that he had noticed the same phenomenon: on the previous Monday morning he had called into a normally busy builders' merchants to find he was the only customer.

We are only at the start, I fear, of a major and prolonged recession that will devastate parts of our economy for many years.

2 comments:

Oldrightie said...

We are only at the start, I fear, of a major and prolonged recession that will devastate parts of our economy for many years
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I have to agree, Ted. One silver lining would be if it were to bite the smug BBC and Toynebee crowd.

Cato said...

I must say that I hadn't thought about it until I read this post. But, I popped into a Screwfix shop the other day...normally crowded...not that it wasn't. Two or three people...quite amazing.