28 June 2007

Value For Money

First class postage stamp commemorating the 80th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIThe Royal Family cost the taxpayer just 62p per person last year — less than the price of two first class stamps ... If only the government delivered such impressive value for money from all our taxes!

With yet another report confirming today the extent of social divisions in our country, revealing that the top 20% of our secondary schools are effectively closed to those from non-privileged backgrounds, I can but note as I did yesterday that our tax burden must be decreased if our public services are to see the fundamental changes they require and the national decline in social mobility is to be reversed.