I'm Going To Lose My Job: One Man’s Impact On The Economy

Music suffers, literature suffers, cinema suffers, artistic endeavour goes unrewarded. All because I am going to lose my job.
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Music suffers, literature suffers, cinema suffers, artistic endeavour goes unrewarded. All because I am going to lose my job.

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I am going to lose my job.

It may be today, it may be tomorrow, next week, next month but I *am* going to lose my job.

I'm okay about this, reconciled to the fact; it's going to happen, most companies that enter administration don't come out and those that do come out streamlined, slimmer, smaller. I know where I stand, I will be slimmed.

And there are different ways of looking at this;

I'm a 49 year old man. I've spent the last 26 years of my life working in a record shop. I've done nothing else, there's nothing else I can do. Game over, Goodnight Vienna, I'm unemployable.

Now obviously I don't believe the above point for a second. The 26 years give me a wealth of experience, I can sell myself, I'm easily employable.

I can always do something else; I'm writing more than I have since the turn of the century (God bless the convenience of the iPad for that) with more success in placing articles than I have ever had, even if it’s not paying at the moment. If I can find a way to monetise this I'm laughing.

But there is going to be an inevitable period of unemployment and this is where I start to affect the economy in my own small way.

I buy music. I buy a lot of music and for the last 26 years I've been getting it at a 30% discount so my employers haven't made any real profit from me. There are, however a lot of artists that I have taken a punt on that I now won’t if I have to pay full price with no job to fund my habit. That Villagers album that came out on Monday? Yo La Tengo? Spotify. The support for new acts dissipates.

I'm a comics geek. Have been for 40 years (and I swear, at some point I'll get round to talking about comics on this as I threatened to on day 1), do you have any idea how much comics cost now? We're talking £3 for a 10 minute read. I won't be buying any. Forbidden Planet will be missing me for a while. This art form, and I do believe it’s an art form, suffers a little.

I'm a guitarist. Just the small cost of re-stringing my guitars becomes a luxury. I may, if it comes to it, have to part with a guitar or two. Not the Telecaster though, it's a 1973 real actual original Fender, it's going nowhere. And not the Strat, it's too beautiful. But somebody may end up with a nice Ibanez Artcore or a 12 string Fender acoustic. Money to me instead of the guitar shops.

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Django Unchained? Going unwatched until it hits Sky On Demand. Myself and J, a meal beforehand, maybe a bottle of wine, ice cream with the film, not happening. £60 not going anywhere.

And so it goes. Music suffers, literature suffers, cinema suffers, artistic endeavour goes unrewarded. Because I lose my job.

But I'm only one person, it doesn't make that much difference. But, as I think I may have mentioned previously, there are 60,000 of us. Just in retail. No taking into account manufacturing, public sector, transport, leisure, the list goes on and on and on, it's the circle of anti-life.

I'm a 49 year old man. I've spent the last 26 years of my life working in a record shop. I've done nothing else, there's nothing else I can do. Game over, Goodnight Vienna, I'm unemployable.

I'm not complaining for myself, honestly. As the list of my potential sacrifices show, I've had a good life to date and I'm not going to be homeless on the back of this, there are literally millions in a worse position than I am; I'm complaining for them. I'm complaining for the country. I'm complaining for the fact that this cycle is seemingly unstoppable.

And I can tell you who to blame for this;  Nick Clegg and his Lust For Glory

Follow Ian on Twitter: @fish2310

You can read his follow up piece when it appears on mumblinginttothevoid.blogspot.co.uk