Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Westminster Wastes Welsh Wealth

The revelation today that the Royal Navy has committed itself to £12bn expenditure over its budget in the next 10 years should shock all those who think that our money is safe in their (Westminster's) hands. Scarcely a week goes by when some defence contract is not found to be massively over budget (and often years late) yet we allow our taxes to be wasted like this with barely a murmur.

Wales' share of the £12bn overspend (some of it on aircraft carriers which experts deem technically deficient) would be at least £600m or £60m a year - enough to buy a laptop for every man, woman and child in the country! We pay enough taxes and the money is there if only we could get hold of it to spend it on what we think best.

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