Economic indicator: Taxes & surcharges on a single roundtrip ticket to the states? £254.90.
That, my friend, is more than the ticket itself. Business people don't care, but a family? It can hurt. Although, for the first time ever, I can afford to buy myself a ticket without worrying about how we will pay for food this month.
This of course just points to the core of the problem - our elected leaders and most of our unelected loudmouths have never experienced deprivation. They do not understand what it feels like to make choices from a paltry and restricted menu. They do not know what it feels like to do without - not by choice - but rather by necessity.
If you have the cash to pay, it is difficult to appreciate what it really feels like if you cannot afford birth control, medical care, education, healthy food, or a host of other necessary daily requirements.
I know. I remember. And every ounce of glee I feel about my hard-won freedom is tempered by rage over current policies that disproportionately penalise and hurt the lower and middle classes. While, don't forget, rewarding corporations for malfeasance.