that neither Robert Peston or the members of the present government have ever been in a situation like the one we find ourselves enduring at the moment. When they prognosticate about what's going to happen they are largely basing their remarks on things they've heard and things they've imagined, sprinkled with a dash or two of specialist knowledge, although in the case of most politicians even that (specialist knowledge)can't be taken for granted.
The truth is, nobody has much of a clue about how deep this recession will become or how long it will be before we begin to recover. That will depend on so many variables that it's quite impossible for anyone to make anything other than an educated guess. We, the people will carry on regardless - we have to live, and to do that we have to work, or at least most of us do. We'll do that, and we'll hope. We'll experience some hardship, but even the extent of that can't accurately be predicted, it will be worse for some than for others.
We'll try to pay our bills and our mortgages, and have a bit left over for a holiday or the payments on a new car - in short we'll try to cope. The pundits will pontificate and argue, but at the end of the day it's us, the workers and the voters who will pull our country out of the mire, and we'll probably do it in spite of those who govern us, rather than because of them. It has always been thus, and I see no sign of it changing this time around.