Against the Grain

Spend All Your Money!

A morning pep talk from London Mayor Boris Johnson: “Come off it, folks! This isn’t the Black Death. Pinch yourself. Are you still there? Got a pulse? Thought so. Look out of the window. Those aren’t zombies. They are men and women engaged in the normal business of getting and spending,” writes Johnson in today’s Daily Telegraph. Despite the recession, empty your bank account at once: “This is not the moment for dowdiness and self-sufficiency; this is the moment for a life-affirming splurge.”