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Donkin's World: Not Ireland

*...We'd do it the civilised way, as we did before, with an overnight ferry from Swansea. No we won't. It's gone...''

Richard Donkin decides not to go to Ireland.

We had a great holiday with the boys a few years ago in the South West of Ireland, taking the car across from Swansea to Cork, then driving over to Dingle. I like Ireland - dog friendly, easy going, nice pubs.

Time to go again, I thought, just the two of us now and the dog. We'd do it the civilised way, as we did before, with an overnight ferry from Swansea. No we won't. It's gone. It came as quite a shock reading about the ferry's demise and subsequent attempts to resurrect it. What a shame. I don't want to fly there, or to drive all the way to Holyhead or Fishguard. So we'll not be going.

That's how economies stagnate. Something fails and the failure has a knock on effect on other things, in this case the tourist trade, hotel bookings etc. What? Just because the Donkins aren't going after their last trip 10 years ago? Of course not. You have to multiply that thousands of times and it's not just individuals, it's about the things those individuals do or don't do, such as coming back from their holiday and spreading the word.

All economies are interconnected now. We'll probably go somewhere else or we may go nowhere at all. That's money not spent, staying where it is, doing nothing. That's an experience not enjoyed, life not lived, or lived differently, probably unmemorably that week. And that's how it is. Budgets don't end recessions. People do.

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