"I characterise most people as the 'worried well'. Of course they're worried when they read all about the problems with the banks, and they see there are issues with unemployment.
"However, there needs to be a more realistic outlook. Even if eight per cent of the population were out of work, there would be 92 per cent in work. There are large parts of the country that it won't affect massively.
"People will actually be better off this year in many ways. Of course, we do have to empathise with people and do our best for those who do actually lose their jobs, but at the moment the perception and reality of this recession are quite different."
Or: "I'm alright Jack!"