Apologetic economics

9th June, 2007

Dear Economist,

My mother-in-law can be extremely aggravating, and on a recent visit she managed to wind me up so badly that I made an unprintable remark to her. The fact that she fully deserved my outburst does not seem to carry much weight with her, nor my beloved wife. So things are now a little tense. I suppose I should apologise, but I don’t want to encourage her nagging, nor acknowledge that she was right (she wasn’t). Can economics provide a solution?

James, north London

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