Via Infoshop News
January 6, 2011
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
The government’s attack on the welfare state is based on the lie that it is necessary to cut back on public spending in order to reduce the budget deficit and offset the economic recession, implying in the process that our problems are due to the so-called “scroungers” – which in their vocabulary would include the entire public sector. A common sense question immediately springs to mind: if the state does not spend on its public (for whom it was supposed to have been created), then what the hell else does it spend on?
Put another way: what other expenses does the state have? Let’s begin with public sector spending. The total spending in this area this year has been around £661 billion, with welfare and education costs amounting to £105 billion and £86 billion respectively.  This is measured against a resident population of 61.8 million (2009) and a current national debt and deficit of £1000.4 billion.  Let us now compare this with how much it spends on other things.
Government ministers have stated the cost of renewing Britain’s nuclear defence will be at least £20 billion, with an added £1 billion year on year to maintain it. As far back as 2007 Tony Blair, then Prime minister, suggested the real cost of Trident would be as high as £100 billion. In 2009, at the peak of the current global recession, world military expenditure actually increased by 5.9% totalling $1,531 billion (£1,040 billion) of which the UK took 4.5% of the world share.  In the last ten years UK military spending increased by 28% to £58 billion in 2009, making it the third highest spender (in cash terms) on Defence in the world behind the United States and China. Spending on Defence represents some 5.8% of total UK Government expenditure. 
England and Wales has 43 separate police forces of which the Metropolitan (London) is the largest with a force of 52,111 people. The total police grant for 2010/11 is nearly £4.9 billion  making it the most expensive police force in the world and none more effective for it. According to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, England and Wales has the highest crime rate among developed countries for rape, burglary and robbery.  But, as long as the cops beat up protesters and manage to stifle dissent, who cares, right?
In an internal report senior Scotland Yard officer admitted that just one crime is solved a year by every 1,000 CCTV cameras available despite spending over £500 million on their implementation and upkeep.  For example, it cost the City of London £12 million in initial investment and a further £2.25 million annually to maintain its 619 cameras. There is no agreed total on how many cameras are owned and operated by government and police, figures ranging from one to four cameras per 1000 people. So, if they are not used to solve crimes, what are they used for? Spying, maybe?
Banks are now taking the lion’s share of taxpayers’ money. Worldwide losses caused by banks’ excessive lending with money they did not have is estimated to run into trillions of dollars. While here in UK the total money spent on bailouts and fiscal stimulus totalled 19.8% of GDP (March 2009): £25 billion for Northern Rock (September 2007), £42 billion for Bradford and Bingley (September 2008), £37 billion for RBS, Lloyds, HBOS and recapitalization (October 2008), £25.5 billion for more recapitalization of RBS (February 2009), and £10 billion on Lloyds again (March 2009). There are more bailouts coming with £7 billion dedicated to Ireland where a lot of UK banks had engaged in binge-lending. To add insult to injury, the Treasury spent £150 million to pay private consultants and experts, such as Goldman Sachs, to advise the government on how to clean up the mess! 
Not all of this is paid for by the taxpayers. A lot of it is borrowed from outside the country which then makes a big hole in the budget. Perhaps, Mr Cameron forgot to mention this aspect. Apart from all this, there’s all the big money that big corporations owe in taxes – Vodafone’s £6 billion and RBS’s £25 billion that it does not appear necessary to recover. Also, there is the monthly cost of £1.3/3.7 million for deporting illegal immigrants (over £100 million in the last five years).  It might prove to be a lot cheaper to keep them here engaged as part of society.
Besides stirring up mass hysteria about wasteful spending the government, more importantly, is trying to rally as much public support as is possible towards propping up and selling an economic system that has obviously, colossally failed. There is more unfazed talk about handing over more of our public services to predatory private enterprises under the pretext of having no money. It looks like the only way to prevent our lives and liberties from being sold off in chunks is to be more militant in guarding them. The time for diplomacy is long gone.
 HM Treasury http://hm-treasury.gov.uk/pespub_index.htm
 National Office of Statistics http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=277
 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/resultoutput/trends
 Ministry of Defence http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/Organisation/KeyFactsAboutDefence/DefenceSpending.htm
 The police grant report (England and Wales) 2010/11 http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1011/hc00/0047/0047.asp
 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime http://www.unodc.org/unodc/search.html?q=crime+statistics
 Independent 24th August 2009 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cctv-cameras-help-to-solve-one-in-every-1000-crimes-1776678.html
 Daily Mail 2nd December 2009 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1232446/Treasury-spent-150million-bank-bailout-experts.html
 Independent 8th September 2010 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/100-million-spent-on-asylum-deportation-flights-2073711.html