My brother saw a link I posted about Britain's Trillion Pound Horror Story from Channel4 and was inspired to Blog about it:
I was so concerned when I saw the original video and now I am absolutely flabbergasted that this MP believes we should be using our money (the taxes we pay) to fund holidays for those on benefits. If the old adage is that "a change is as good as a rest", then these people don't need a change because they already have a rest. I am sorry if this seems mean, but while my brother hasn't had a real holiday in nine years and we (my partner and I) have to work long hours for our breaks.
I feel that we cannot continue in the way we have for the past three or more decades, and none of the governing parties are offering anything more than just squeezing everything we have (and didn't really ask for). And while we are at it, just because the children ask for something doesn't mean you should give it to them, so if we did ask for the extent of government involvement we shouldn't have been given it because at the end of the day 'the people' are children! The government doesn't need to tighten budgets it needs to do what any company in serious trouble would do, reduce its scope. If you aren't successful as a company (we do call it UKPLC!) then you don't just slim down the budgets, you should downsize!
So, where is the proposal from a serious politician to deal with the national debt and not just the budget deficit?! Where is the proposal to deal with the £4,800,000,000,000 of debt? (count those zeros!) The £77,000 that is on the head of ever man, woman and child in the UK!? I want to see some serious action, no matter what the political difficulty. I was really ashamed of the way the government dealt with Lord Young recently:
This is a man who has seen so much and has so much experience, if he says we've 'never had it so good' then I am inclined to agree. With all the social services, and this massive government debt how could the nation have anything but an easy life. Especially as the minority of the population are actually paying for the majorities lifestyles (watch the Channel4 documentary if you don't know). The government couldn't publicly support Lord Young because the media wouldn't let them, the media wants to pounce on any deviation from the previous message of austerity and drama. Quoting Gary O'Donghue, Political Correspondent for the BBC:
"...his unguarded comments threatened to undermine months of carefully-honed strategy aimed at persuading the public that ministers felt your pain and that we were all in this together."
So, driven by the journalists, the innocent man was hung out to dry because the government couldn't admit to the public he was right. The news hounds shape the politics and the politicians are too fearful for their jobs to do what needs doing.
How can we resolve the situation? What can be done to solve the trillion pound horror story and give it an outcome that allows us to sleep well at night!?
So, let me get this straight:
- Google sent cars driving around the world to gather data about the areas they pass through.
- Amongst things they captured:
- 3D topographical data
- Panoramic photographs
- Wireless signals
- They sniffed for any wifi signals that were being broadcast in the proximity and captured the raw signal.
- Some people don't have security enabled on their wireless networks
So, in the news today was the fact that the e-Borders "RING OF STEEL" cost £1.2bn to set-up and has resulted in:
- 2,000 arrests
- 48,682 alerts
- 1,000 refused entry
- 14,000 intelligence reports
So, lets put this in context. this security mechanism designed to protect us has cost us £600,000 per arrest to date. Now, I appreciate that the initial start up costs don't reflect the future of the system, but lets assume it takes 5 years to achieve Return on Investment (most IT systems are budgeted this way) well we have now achieved a cost of £120,000 per arrest. Bargain!
So, what will £1.2bn buy you?
- 12 years of funding for Welsh TV channel S4/C (which has zero viewers)
- Buy Manchester United (according to forbes)
- Build three new "super hospitals" (see Bristol Southmead)
- Fund half of the NHS budget deficit (according to last years budget)
- Fund 10% of the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line (according to the NAO)
- Pay for half of Surrey County Council's budget for one year (the 5th largest council in the UK)
- Pay for 4.6% of the Government's IT overspend (approx £26bn on key projects)
- Pay for half a nuclear power station (est. cost £2.8bn)
I will leave you to decide what value the e-Borders scheme has to you, does it make you feel more safe to know this?