The UK budget, in figures we can all understand.

News agencies have a bad habit of writing long complex articles about the size of the budget deficit, the economy and the problems the UK government faces. They throw gdp statistics about, drop in complex indices and self-important charts and tables. Here at the LIbertarian Press, we have decided to provide something  a little less, complicated.

The UK budget, in terms no one can appreciate:

  • UK government tax revenue: £589,000,000,000
  • UK government budget: £711,000,000,000
  • New debt:  £121,000,000,000
  • National debt: £1,278,000,000,000
  • Recent budget cut: £11,000,000,000

Now, remove 7 zeroes and pretend it’s a household budget, like any  family in the UK might face:

  • Annual family income: £58,900
  • Money the family spent: £71,100
  • New debt on the credit card: £12,100
  • Outstanding debt on the credit card: £127,800
  • Total budget cuts the coalition are proud of: £1100

I shall pose only one question. How long could a family sustain such a deleterious spending strategy? Not long I would imagine.

Edmund Greaves is co-editor of The Libertarian Press. He also writes travel articles at the



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