I’m too worried about money to care about politics – and it’s my job

This is the first time I am experiencing inflation as an adult and I am struck by the sense of sheer powerlessness that comes with it, writes Marie Le Conte

Monday 16 May 2022 14:20
<p>It is currently hard to pay attention to the Westminster merry-go-round</p>

It is currently hard to pay attention to the Westminster merry-go-round

I never thought living through a period of sharp inflation would feel so physical. I have been back in Britain for just over two weeks and, each time I check my account, a little cartoon appears in my head.

I am standing there, like a Disney character, minding my own business, but someone wicked has dipped all the coins I own in oil and they keep falling out of my pocket. I try to go through life, tend to my cartoon business, but the coins keep falling on to the pavement, no matter what I do.

It is a scene I picture every other day because that is how often I am now checking my account. I didn’t use to do this, even a few months ago. I make a very decent living, and am usually lucky enough to get away with an occasional glance at my banking app, just to make sure I am not overspending wildly. It wasn’t always the case: my first five or so years in London were spent being thoroughly skint, and I am no stranger to crossing my fingers while trying to withdraw a tenner from an ATM.

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