You must have stocks that are affected though. I’m not arguing about Brexit - I’m just pointing out the impact it is and has been having on stock prices, mostly driven by GBP weakness, but also Labour’s stated policies and the potential for yet another General Election with a chance they may get power.
Personally I don’t think there will be a deal. Johnson appears to have backed himself into a corner by adamantly naming 31st October as the leave date and is obviously giving away things that May didn’t have to (see chemical, aerospace and defence, auto and pharma industries in the papers today) because he is desperate now not for the electorate to see him preside over any extension as he realises that will probably be the end of his tenure.
Whether or not he will be prepared to show contempt of the law and crash us out with No Deal remains to be seen. I believe he will because ultimately he wants power.
I know you don’t want to discuss it so I wont expect a response - but there are others here reading this discussion board.
I wonder if you and your wife have noticed, as I have, that many products have not gone up in price but have reduced in size/weight? as someone who is out of the country for 2-3 months at a time, I notice it every time I return. One or more products in my normal shop has always gone up in price or the product has reduced in size. Returning next Saturday and I expect to see it again.
You say inflation isn’t that high, but it is higher than it would have otherwise been and higher than most years previously for a long time and appears to correlate with the Brexit situation (see chart below).
Pensioners are doing well with their 2.5% minimum triple lock on RPI because their pensions have risen above that in recent times, and that costs all of us that pay tax too.
I’m not disputing your wife’s figures, you understand, but I’m sure you realise that our individual experiences aren’t necessarily representative whereas the ONS exists to produce figures that are: