£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...