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Originally posted by sapien82
someone posted on bbc have your say , that BP oil spill , they are being made to pay in excess of £20 billion for the environmental / social / healthcare damage , yet the banks are being made to pay £2billion over a period of 6 years
where is the difference , they have both caused damage yet the banks get off free , after all they were spending our savings on stocks and shares and messed up !
Before the war, Gordon Brown set aside £1 billion for war spending. As of late 2007, the UK had spent an estimated £7 billion in direct operating expenditures in Iraq and Afghanistan (76 per cent of it in Iraq). This includes money from a supplemental “special reserve”, plus additional spending from the Ministry of Defence.
Based on assumptions set out in our book, the budgetary cost to the UK of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through 2010 will total more than £18 billion. If we include the social costs, the total impact on the UK will exceed £20 billion.