Neither a borrower nor a lender be? Not in this economy

While ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be’ might have been good advice for Laertes, he didn’t have to worry about choosing between getting his Vauxhall Astra fixed or pay the rent on his flat this month – if he were about today, there’s no doubt he’d be asking Polonius for a few quid to hold him over to his next pay period.