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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    It'd be much cheaper for the Thatchers to pay for the funeral.

    I'm sure she was worth £9 million when she died.

    A private and much smaller funeral PAID FOR BY THE THATCHERS would be much more appropriate.

    Thatcher also stipulated that wanted the prime minister of the day to speak at her funeral. What a joke.

    A truly disgusting use of public money and whether you lean to the left or the right you surely must see that.

    Yeah but what if this funeral actually generated >£10m in additional spending?
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    I'm not sure you have the right to attend someone's funeral just because you feel you should be able to pay your respects.
    They don't just turn up, they were invited as friends of hers. Would you not ask for any friends at your funeral, then?
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    (Original post by Habibul Bashar)
    Yeah but what if this funeral actually generated >£10m in additional spending?
    Not sure how that is relevant or even possible.
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    (Original post by MattKneale)
    They don't just turn up, they were invited as friends of hers. Would you not ask for any friends at your funeral, then?

    Don't be so ridiculous.

    My funeral isn't going to cost the taxpayer £ 10million so the two are not directly comparable.
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    Not sure how that is relevant or even possible.
    Read my post on the last page. We won't actually be spending £10m on this funeral when you think about it and stop being an emotional wreck.

    We'll spend £10m, but then as a result of staging this event we'll get >£10m back.

    Calm the **** down and whine about something else more worthwhile.
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    (Original post by gateshipone)
    OK so I did some quick maths and the cost per person is about 15p so isn't going to empty people's pockets. 2nd, the public sector pay freeze - sure 10 mil could be spread over the civil service, but lets say there's 200k civil servants currently with a pay freeze, that's only £50 quid each per year extra. As much as I'd love to give civil servants with a pay freeze more money, the fact is it would take way more than 10 million to have a measurable increase on their pay.
    I don't care whether it's only 15p. I don't see why the millions of people who actively hated Thatcher should have to pay anything for her funeral.
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    Don't be so ridiculous.

    My funeral isn't going to cost the taxpayer £ 10million so the two are not directly comparable.
    You're funeral will generate maybe £1-2k in additional spending as you are presumably a fairly irrelevant person.

    A church (or wherever) will get an extra customer, the caterers for the wake will make some money, the hall your relatives hire out will make a little, maybe sell some beer. Some relatives will travel far and buy petrol and train tickets etc.
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    I'm not sure you have the right to attend someone's funeral just because you feel you should be able to pay your respects.
    You don't feel that the government should spend money to help it's citizens express their views on an issue that many, many people in the country feel strongly about? In my opinion this is a good use of government money as it allows people to practice their freedom of speech on a grander scale.
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    Am actually I reading this?

    You're saying it's ok to spend £10 million on the funeral because the economy is going to benefit as a result?

    Completely insane reasoning.
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    (Original post by ArtGoblin)
    I don't care whether it's only 15p. I don't see why the millions of people who actively hated Thatcher should have to pay anything for her funeral.
    How does that even work in reality though?

    You will end up paying your 15p for this and others will end up paying their 15p for things they don't like but you do like.

    Enough people want this to happen, just because you're against it doesn't give you the right to overrule.

    Try and not think emotionally about this. This funeral is a good investment for the economy if you stop and think about it logically.
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    Am actually I reading this?

    You're saying it's ok to spend £10 million on the funeral because the economy is going to benefit as a result?

    Completely insane reasoning.
    Am I actually reading what you're writing? How is it insane? Are you stupid?

    Yes I am saying its ok to spend £10million on something that you are confident that will give you a return greater than £10million.

    Perhaps I should have made myself clearer. Government spending on this event is £10m. This will (IMO) cause an increase in Consumer spending (inc spending from foreign tourists), which is greater than £10m. Hence by investing £10m into this, the government will cause a net benefit to the economy.
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    Am actually I reading this?

    You're saying it's ok to spend £10 million on the funeral because the economy is going to benefit as a result?

    Completely insane reasoning.
    Do you study economics? Government spending, regardless of what it is on can have positive economic effects, otherwise why would we be spending on infrastructure.
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    (Original post by Habibul Bashar)
    Am I actually reading what you're writing? How is it insane? Are you stupid?

    Yes I am saying its ok to spend £10million on something that you are confident that will give you a return greater than £10million.
    An old woman's funeral isn't going to generate £10 million pounds of revenue.
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    An old woman's funeral isn't going to generate £10 million pounds of revenue.
    Maybe, maybe not you have no grounds to make such claim ( nor does he ). However it will definitely create extra spending in the economy and will circulate round the economy creating more output.
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    (Original post by Thriftworks)
    Do you study economics? Government spending, regardless of what it is on can have positive economic effects, otherwise why would we be spending on infrastructure.
    Of course, I forgot about that well known fiscal policy of spending £10 million on a old woman's funeral to stimulate the economy.

    :confused:
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    Of course, I forgot about that well known fiscal policy of spending £10 million on a old woman's funeral to stimulate the economy.

    :confused:
    Above ^, spending on events will obviously generate more spending elsewhere in the economy as stated in his previous posts ( people traveling spending on petrol etc)
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    (Original post by Scumbaggio)
    Of course, I forgot about that well known fiscal policy of spending £10 million on a old woman's funeral to stimulate the economy.

    :confused:
    it doesn't have to be a policy to be economically viable...
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    (Original post by ArtGoblin)
    I don't care whether it's only 15p. I don't see why the millions of people who actively hated Thatcher should have to pay anything for her funeral.
    I've paid far more than 15p on a lot of things I don't agree with. That's the nature of tax, you don't get to decide what specific things your specific taxes go on.
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    (Original post by Habibul Bashar)
    How does that even work in reality though?

    You will end up paying your 15p for this and others will end up paying their 15p for things they don't like but you do like.

    Enough people want this to happen, just because you're against it doesn't give you the right to overrule.

    Try and not think emotionally about this. This funeral is a good investment for the economy if you stop and think about it logically.
    Even if the funeral does cause an extra £10 million worth of spending, it's not really generating money in the economy. That £10 million would probably only be spent on other things so it's not an investment at all.
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    £10 million on a funeral. It's called austerity.
 
 
 
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