Wednesday, March 16, 2005

£83.46 for each British citizen

That's how much the "War on Terror" has cost, according to the budget. £4.9 billion. That's £4,900,000,000 - a lot of zeros.

Would you look at that? This money could have been used to fund ID cards for every citizen, and still leave the government with at least £1.965 billion change.

In addition, the defence budget is being increased by £400 million. That could have paid for a new "super-hospital".

Taken as a whole, that £4.9 billion could have paid, let's face it, for a whole load of nice stuff. How about a digital set-top box for every British citizen plus change for a couple of pints? Actually, sod the digital box - how about 33 pints each?

They haven't quite got the right idea, this government. Who cares about far-off lands of which we know nothing? Get us all pissed - that's how you win votes.

Update: Well, I suppose it could be worse...

2 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

And just think how many Olympics that could pay for!

*ducks and runs for cover*

3/17/2005 07:17:00 pm  
Anonymous JamesB said...

I'm never quite sure about these figures. Given that the standing army/navy/RAF still needs paying even if they are in barracks in the UK, and that the use fuel/ammo/rations etc while training, does this 4.9bn represent the EXTRA cost of fighting in Iraq or just the total cost of maintaining the troops, albeit in a different arena? If the latter, the actual cost of the war will be less.

3/24/2005 11:34:00 am  

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