This is from Inquiring Minds (h/t Captain Ranty) and I didn’t check the maths, so any pendatic sods out there, if you find minor calculation errors, in the words of the great Adge Cutler, “Don’t tell Oi, tell ‘ee”.
Now I’m aware that some of my readers harbour a misguided notion that if only we could get Labour back in power everything would be OK. Even though Ed Balls has promised to return to borrowing and spending money that the world is about to end. What the article below does is put into perspective for those Labour voters who think “A billion, that’s like two million isn’t it?” just exactly what is involved when politicians stop talking of our debt in millions and start talking in billions.
UK government debt is around one and a half trillion if you take into
account unfunded pensions, PFI schemes
and all the other off balance sheet debts.
Private debt just about matches this if you take into account
mortgages, credit cards and overdrafts. (USA debt is 14 trillion.)
Now try to get your head round a trillion.
Perhaps this helps.
1 million seconds = 12 days
1 billion seconds = 31 years
1 trillion seconds = 31,000 years
(note: the British billion is now the same as the American billion –
a mere thousand million, not a million million)
The next time you hear a politician casually talk about a billion pounds, stop and think about it.
Ask yourself are they spending YOUR tax money as you want?
These facts help put that billion in perspective.
A billion seconds ago it was 1991.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion Pounds ago was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, at the rate our government is spending even more than it can raise from
Corporate Income Tax
Fishing Licence Tax
Inheritance Tax (tax on top of tax)
Marriage Licence Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Vehicle Licence Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Only one income tax existed 100 years ago (at a maximum of 10%)
Our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world.
The industrial revolution was beginning to feed mouths and fill pockets.
Public spending was a mere 25% of GDP.
We coped with debts of £600 million resulting largely from the Napoleonic Wars.
We had the largest middle class in the world.
Mum stayed home to raise her children.
Dad was allowed to discipline his children.
A criminals life was uncomfortable.
The sun never set on the British Empire.
And now look at us today trapped in the EU and governed by inexperienced pygmies.
How and why did this change happen?
The answer is equally mind-boggling and appalling, because we are to blame.
We have re-learned an old hard lesson :
people attracted to power are fundamentally unsuited to hold it.
Ask yourself: do senior politicians today believe in acting in the best interests of the people who elected them?
Self-evident answer: No. Self-interest and political survival come first.
AND WE HAVE LET IT HAPPEN!