Dude, I know you don't know fucking shit about maths, but £645 billion as a percentage of £650 billion is 99.23%. It's so fucking close, it's not even worth mentioning, let alone describing as "doing nothing". So, let me show you how you really "do nothing":
|Area of Government||2007 Spend £bn||Obo's 2009 Spend £bn|
|Pensions (formerly Social Protection)||159||80|
|Personal Social Services||26||5|
|Debt interest||31||60 (notice I'm not just paying the interest!)|
|Industry, Agriculture, Employment & Training||21||2|
|Public Order and Safety||33||33|
|Housing and Environment||22||5|
|Source of income||2007 income £bn||Obo's 2009 income £bn|
Assumptions: 10 million school children, 11 million pensioners, spend per scholar / pensioner / whatever I've dragged up from various untrustworthy sources.
All civil servants (state and county and town) will be told to re-apply for the jobs within 12 months and salaries offered will be slashed by 25% across the board. Pensions will be commercial "money-plan" types, there will no longer be a final salary scheme. Civil service job numbers will be reduced by 95% and salaries will be capped so that no-one can earn more than a MP, and MPs will have a salary of £75,000 in 2009 terms and the salary will increase by the reported rate of inflation. Only strictly audited expenses will be allowed. The number of MPs will be reduced to 325. Non-jobs will not be recreated, as I will personally have to approve any new job anywhere in the civil service.
The department of education will be replaced by a simple application that records where scholars are and transmits that month's funds to that school. Parents can swap schools on a monthly basis, there is no catchment system. Schools can choose who they want to accept and whether or not they want to charge fees. Schools will decide what the discipline policy is. Parents are free to come and go, but must accept the discipline policy of the school.
The NHS will be scrapped and replaced with commercial insurance providers who will get a monthly payment for all citizens registered with them that month. You will be able to swap health care providers on a monthly basis. The minimum health care provided by the state will be A&E and chronic or life-threatening issues such as cancer. Everything else will be a function of your top-up medical, or you could just pay the doctor.
All foreign military interventions will cease immediately. All military capex projects will be subject to immediate review based on requirements for a strong, nuclear-capable, national defence. All military accommodation to be completely overhauled.
All police chief commissioners will be made directly accountable to the electorate they serve with elections that will coincide with council elections. ACPO will be eliminated. All state-imposed targets will be removed. All police officers will also be forced to re-apply for their positions with the same constraints as civil servants.
We will immediately negotiate a withdrawal from the EU. All recycling legislation will be repealed. All EU directive-based legislation will be repealed. All other legislation introduced since 1997 will be repealed. The first year of parliament will work exclusively on identifying un-libertarian law and repealing it.
All transport subsidies will be removed from all sectors of public transport. All lines will be fully deregulated and anyone will be able to compete on any line or route. All transport funding will be aimed at a one-off refresh of the road network, predominantly in England (which seems to have roads in the worst condition overall). A number of A roads will also be upgraded to Motorway standard (A14 and A1 end to end are the first two that come to mind. A12 and A23 as well, probably.)
The only new projects I will consider is government "support" in the form of guarantees for nuclear power stations.
Pension, medical and school benefits only available to citizens / subjects of the Queen, obviously.
Huge simplification of tax process (sorry accountants!) Massive deregulation of all aspects of life. Complete quango and charity cull. Minor nibbling at Business Rates and Council Tax is all, I'm afraid, but VAT has gone and Income Tax has been slashed. I would have loved to have a go at all the Pigou taxes, but unfortunately that fat monocular cocktard has lumbered me with a shitload of debt. Once the debt has been cleared (probably not in my lifetime!) we could get rid of the unlibertarian Pigou taxes, and Council tax and Business rates would be replaced by Land Value Tax. Once people became more comfortable with spending their own money more effectively, the vouchers for health care and schools would probably decline in value and self-payment would become more common.
All civil servants (including police and MPs) will be entitled to published rate of inflation increases only.
My ultimate objective would be to have a budget that looked like this:
|Area of Government||2007 Spend £bn||Obo's 2039 Spend £bn|
|Pensions (formerly Social Protection)||159||16|
|Personal Social Services||26||1|
|Industry, Agriculture, Employment & Training||21||1|
|Public Order and Safety||33||30|
|Housing and Environment||22||1|
|Source of income||2007 income £bn||Obo's 2039 income £bn|
Roughly speaking, your "council tax" or "business rates" would double, but there would be no other tax.
That, Gorgon, is how you fucking "do nothing".