Compared to a year ago?
Things are undoubtably picking up out there at the moment, even in the 'desolate' north. Theres definitely a bit of cautious, measured optimism around. But can anyone say they're truly feeling better off? I can't say I am personally. Maybe this year has felt 'less bad' than some of the proceeding ones. Not that I'm too bothered. I'm not moaning. I'm hardly starving and destitute.
But even for politicians, these claims seem to be stretching the credulity of statistics to the limit. They seem very very selective about what they're including, and leaving out. What's your experience then? Bit of a straw poll. Might be interesting to add what kind of industry you're in, and maybe what part of the country