in those various trends and
indices that register at the more immediate level of everyday experience.
The official contention that the 1990s saw the most successful programme of job creation in the history of the state seems more credible
when one constantly passes the windows of retail outlets carrying advertisements for new staff. The declaration that the former scourge of massemigration has been vanquished, moreover, appears persuasive when
friends and family are no longer compelled to leave the country and
when some of those who left in previous times begin to