Despite benefit cuts and caps, despite double dip recessions and a mountain of national debt; apparently indifferent to soaring unemployment, evictions and repossessions; scornful of Moody's, Iain Duncan Smith and Mr George Osborne - Mrs Vera Hardcastle (51) of Bingley, West Yorkshire, is unflinchingly hell bent on buying a box of Ferrero Rocher this Christmas.
'I'm having my Ferrero Rocher this Christmas as usual, austerity or no austerity,' she says. 'And I'll be dusting off my silver tray to offer them to the family, as usual.'
Mr Hardcastle (56) says, 'It's what you might call Vera's chocolate Dunkirk spirit. They'll be no stopping her. It wouldn't surprise me if she hasn't got the box hidden away somewhere in the house already.'
And while Mr Osborne is said to be fearful that the surge in pre-Christmas Ferrero Rocher television commercials is undermining his austerity Britain narrative, Mrs Vera Hardcastle thinks that every senior citizen should get a free box of the chocolates along with their winter fuel payment.
'If we can afford to spend money on Afghanistan and that, surely to goodness we can afford a nice box of Ferrero Rocher for our old folk. I bet those ambassadors you see on the telly helping themselves to piles of Ferrero Rocher aren't paying.'
Nothing, she insists, will stop her buying a box of Ferrero Rocher this Christmas.
'Mind you,'she says,'doing my shop in Asda yesterday, I saw a bottle of Baileys Cream on the shelves and, although I'll probably be buying a box of Ferrero Rocher this Christmas, come hell and high water, still I do like a drop of Baileys in the festive season and...'