Rich and re­ces­sion proof

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

I FEEL out of place on the road in my 26-year-old Re­nault.

Sur­rounded by big mod­ern, fancy cars and SUVs, I feel so old and an­cient, driv­ing a relic of an­other age. Driv­ers stare at me, won­der­ing what the hell I am do­ing in fast-mov­ing traf­fic in an ob­so­lete car that should be on the scrap heap.

But as old as my Re­nault is, it’s eco­nom­i­cal on petrol. With fuel at such a high price, I won­der how mo­torists driv­ing big lux­ury cars man­age. There are lots of smaller, fuel-ef­fi­cient cars to take you from A to B with­out drain­ing your pocket. But the sale of lux­ury goods and ex­otic cars sees no down­ward trend even in re­ces­sion­ary times such as th­ese.

Then it dawned on me: the rich are re­ces­sion proof. The high cost of liv­ing and rock­et­ing fuel prices make lit­tle dent in their bank bal­ances.

T. MARKANDAN Sil­ver­glen, Chatsworth

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