the thinktank warned that families with children will be worse off in 2016 than they were 14 years earlier as they cope with more than a decade of austerity Great. What a feckin mess. Something very wrong with the capitalism model we all follow at present. Goldman Sachs wrap up their sub prime mortgage deals, sprinkle them with a few acceptable ones and punt them globally on the open market as a good deal and all banks slurp them up when all the time a sub arm of the same company is betting billions they will go tits up! Can it also be right that you can bet billions on the market that another country going tits up? What a sham. Greed is all that matters. Feck the rest. Here's some info. The ECB is run by a former Goldman Sach employee. Greece now has a non public elected ex Goldman Sach prime minister. Italy now has a non public elected ex Goldman Sach prime minister. So bankers get us into this mess and through panic, (or sheer ignorance) they internally elect bankers to run their country. :shock: Every night for the last 12 months it has been the same doom and gloom on the news. Now it is recognised it's really just starting and will be with us for at least the next 8yrs. Time for a radical rethink on capitalism but in reality I don't think anything will change. Ever. I remenber Alisdair Darling stating there would be no more super bonuses for the bankers. What a damp squid as in reality it is the money markets that now rule the world. I don't think anything will change unless there is mass Western disruption from the masses. On a positive note, at least it has been a mild winter so far and the money grabbing utility companies are now panicking. Feck you. But then again it affects my parents. As pensioners their pension company has invested heavily in utilities which mean less premiums and ultimately less money for them. What a mess. What's the answer? I don't know but I do know the current model is very flawed. .