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The Credit Cruncher was conceived to help you to keep up to date with credit crunch and recession developments, it provides some helpful credit crunch advice and it addresses personal debt. The Credit Cruncher also seeks to explain how the credit crunch started and shed some light on the worldwide recession. Recently, we have begun to look at how BREXIT will affect the UK economy. Please feel free to leave comments where relevant.

7 Jul 2012

The struggling economy

It is no surprise to this pessimistic blogger that the western economy is still not showing the vital signs of growth. From the start, it has been blatantly obvious that this current economic crisis is NOT 'man-flu' on a huge economic scale, but a serious disease that requires not only a painful cure, but a subsequent change in lifestyle. What ails the western system is more akin to a kidney disease, not only requiring on-going dialysis, but a donor kidney and if surviving... a new healthy regime.

Whether that new lifestyle involves bringing the bankers to heel is a moot point - George Osborne (UK Chancellor) is about to argue that Europe is wrong to strangle the banking sector by capping the bonus culture. Controlling pay is certainly an odd idea for what is supposed to be a 'free economy', and although I would like to see the banks take a hit, I would prefer to see them taxed rather than shackled.
Meanwhile the investigation into 'Libor' rate rigging is extending into Europe with Deutsche Bank also coming under scrutiny, while the Euro currency struggles to keep pace with rival currencies.
Let's be blunt - right from the start (barring a few rather silly optimistic predictions) it was clear that the credit crunch was no ordinary economic 'blip', and always had the potential for fatality (of the entire economic system). Every slight recovery was welcomed as a possible 'cure' when in reality we are looking at shallow remission at best. Every dip has been hailed as evidence of political incompetence, whereas it has just been the normal course of the disease.
The disease has been one of indulgence, so maybe a liver complaint would be a better comparison, where the patient will have to lay off the booze if they want to see a future? We are not out of the woods yet, anybody with an economic clue should be able to accept this, the fact that the crisis is not playing to our political agenda of 5 year plans is just a fact we have to get used to. Western democracy has only to look 5 years into the future because that is the normal period between elections - If I had a disease that was going to take 10 years to cure, I would rather not choose a Doctor who only has 5 years left to live himself...!

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