The government is now spending on average £10,000 a year on every man,woman and child in the UK. Or, put another way, we have to pay £10,000 a head on average to the government in tax to keep them going. As children do not pay tax, that means the average taxpayer has to pay well over £10,000 a year if you add up all the taxes you contribute to.
So what do you get for your money? Is it a good deal? I just get my dustbin emptied once a week, and am allowed to use some inadequate roads.
I don’t mind being asked to help pay for the neighbours children to go to school and I don’t begrudge my elderly neighbour a free knee op.
I am not so sure about contributing to all the government’s wars, and become livid when I have to pay for regional government, an army of spin doctors, the rising number of civil servants, and the glossy brochure industry that is a substitute for government action. I dislike having to bail out the odd mortgage bank and railway company, and resent the ever expanding quango state regulating every feature of our lives, at our expense
I would like to hear from more of you about which bits of public spending you think are worthwhile, and whether you feel you are getting your £10,000 worth today?
And why am I doing two blogs today, like yesterday ? Because the weather is so bad I have lost both cricket matches this week-end I was hoping to play in. That just about sums up this summer and this year’s rain sodden cricket season.