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41,748.  Spending has been Britain’s national obsession.  There’s nothing we like better than to splash a bit of cash ... So have our politicians.   Only now the party’s over.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  Nick Robinson, Your Money and How They Spend It I, BBC 2011

 

41,749.  The biggest spending squeeze since the Second World War.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,750.  £692 billion: now there are seven big budgets which make up more than three-quarters of all government spending ... Transport, Law & Order, Defence, Debt Interest, Education, Health, Social Security £194 billion.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Government)  ibid.

 

41,751.  Politicians find it very hard to cut back on spending on the elderly ... Politicians are much more scared of their grannies.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Old Age)  ibid.

 

41,752.  But now he’s in government David Cameron has in the last few weeks approved the closure of A&E and maternity units not just at King George’s but at another London hospital.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & National Health Service)  ibid.

 

41,753.  Then there are all those extra little things that are nice to have: like money for culture or the arts.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,754.  Arts spending for the whole of England is $447 million.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,755.  Welcome to the fire control centre for the north-east of England ... The technology didn’t work; the building behind me is empty at a cost to you of $97,000 a month for the next 24 years.  And there are eight others like it around the country.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,756.  They keep spending money they haven’t really got ... Today’s deficit is a whopper.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid. 

 

41,757.  What looked like a downturn became a crash.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,758.  By the time of the last General Election Britain had the biggest deficit since the war: £160 billion.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,759.  Why if you live in some parts of Britain do you get more spent on you than other parts?  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,760.  Infrastructure may be important but it doesn’t have a vote.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics)  ibid.

 

41,761.  There’s nothing that politicians fear more than telling us our taxes are going up.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

 

41,762.  We put pressure on the Chancellor to spend more and more, and then we’re incredibly resistant to more tax to pay for it.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  Nick Robinson, Your Money and How They Spend It II, BBC 2011

 

41,763.  Taxes are for the very rich effectively voluntary.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

41,764.  We’re living way beyond our means.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

41,765.  By the end of the seventies a new Tory government came to office promising lower income tax for all.  The basic rate was cut to 30%, the top rate to 60%.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

41,766.  Gordon Brown had scrapped the lower level of income tax – the 10p band.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

41,767.  Tax and national insurance – they pay for exactly the same things.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

41,768.  We never seem to think we’re getting a bargain.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax)  ibid.

 

41,769.  Takeaways used to be tax-free until back in 1984 the then Tory government decided to extend VAT to cover them.  (Money & Spending & Finance & Politics & Economics & Tax & Fast Food)  ibid.

 

 

42,365.  Governments are deemed to succeed or fail by how well they make money go round, regardless of whether it serves any useful purpose.  They regard it as a sacred duty to encourage the country’s most revolting spectacle: the annual feeding frenzy in which shoppers queue all night, then stampede into the shops, elbow, trample and sometimes fight to be the first to carry off some designer junk which will go into landfill before the sales next year.  The madder the orgy, the greater the triumph of economic management.  (Economics & Spending & Shops & Consumer & Money)  George Monbiot

 

 

42,425.  Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they’ll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.  (Capitalism & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Economy)  Philip Slater

 

 

42,623.  Americans spend more than they earn.  (Debt & Spending)   Danny Schechter PSTV.tv In Debt We Trust ***** PSTV 2006 

 

 

81,262.  We live in a world where spending never stops.  But why do we buy what we buy?  And how is our desire to spend manipulated?  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer)  Jacques Peretti, The Men Who Made Us Spend, BBC 2014

 

81,263.  Yesterday’s desired item is tomorrow’s piece of trash.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer)  ibid.

 

81,264.  Hard proof of planned obsolescence.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer)  ibid.

 

81,265.  Logical reprogramming of the consumer – his name was Alfred P Sloan, the head of General Motors ... ‘The organised creation of dissatisfaction’.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer)  ibid.

 

81,266.  The designer revolution of the ’80s and ’90s cloaked a tidal wave of cheap goods on to the high street we bought and discarded without shame.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Design)  ibid.

 

81,267.  Apple have perfected the idea of obsolescence.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer)  ibid.

 

 

81,268.  They've exploited our anxieties to sell everything from cars to soap to the secret of eternal youth.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Fear & Advertising)  Jacques Peretti, The Men Who Made Us Spend II

 

81,269.  This notion of soothing our fears has almost endless potential to get us to spend.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Fear & Advertising)  ibid.

 

81,270.  We’re obsessed with Statins and Cholesterol.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Fear & Advertising)  ibid.

 

81,271.  A new word has entered the lexicon – antibacterial.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Fear & Bacteria & Advertising)  ibid.

 

81,272.  If fear could be invoked to sell us flavoured water, anything seemed possible.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Fear & Water & Advertising)  ibid.

 

81,273.  Fear is at the very heart of why we buy.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consume & Fear & Advertising)  ibid.

 

 

81,274.  In less than fifty years children have become prized consumers, with British and American kids worth seven hundred billion pounds a year.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Advertising & Children)  Jacques Peretti, The Men Who Made Us Spend III

 

81,275.  Children were targetted increasingly aggressively.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Advertising & Children)  ibid.

 

81,276.  An entire shopping culture had been built around credit.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Advertising & Credit)  ibid.

 

81,277.  Now, we’re a nation of shoppers.  (Money & Spending & Shop & Consumer & Advertising & Credit)  ibid.

 

 

100,060.  Welcome to Whitehall: to the heart of government … I’ll be finding out where billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash is really going.  And who’s policing the spending.  From vast projects to what’s happening on our streets.   (Treasury & Money & Spending)  Jacques Peretti, Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions?  

 

100,061.  The largest warship ever built in the UK … It’s now six billion pounds and they’re still not in service … ‘It could end up costing twelve billion for the two carriers.’  (Treasury & Money & Spending)  ibid.

 

100,062.  When Boris Johnson was mayor … he brought three water canons from the German police: they were never used.  (Treasury & Money & Spending)  ibid. 

 

100,063.  Why when they’re [Council] told to make savings they’re hiring expensive consultants to tell them how to do it.  (Spending & Local Government)  ibid.      

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