Talking point: ‘No reason to despair,’ said the governor of the Bank of England this week. What do you think?

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We asked the residents of Winslow what they thought of the current economic climate.

Sandra Lambourne, from Winslow: “People won’t mend and make do. I think we’re going to have to be a lot more careful. But it’s difficult with petrol going up all the while, because everything relies on it.”

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Fred Saving, from Winslow: “It’s gone to pot. I don’t know what’s going to happen now with this new government. They seem to be going backwards. At the end of the month there isn’t any spare.”

Iain Brennan, from Milton Keynes: “As far as I’m concerned, we’re governed by incompetents and if they think we’re going to get out of it very soon they’re living in a fantasy land.”

Alfred Huxley, from Milton Keynes: “I’m very concerned about the future. It’s so widespread, it’s global. It’s my children and my great grandchildren who’re going to suffer in the end.”

Kim Curle, from Beautifully Different in Winslow: “I think it’s going to be OK. On Saturday it was the busiest Saturday in January that I think we’ve ever had in five years. We had our second or third best December.”

Irene Hickery, from Winslow: “I think people don’t try and economise. If you bought a piece of meat years ago, you made it last a long time. I don’t think people bother these days.”

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