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    "Margaret Thatcher's funeral: 23 things you could pay for with £10m
    Margaret Thatcher's funeral will cost around £10m, although we won't know the exact figure - and how much of it is being spent by the state - until afterwards.
    What else can £10m pay for? Here are some ideas ...

    322 nurses

    Based on a median annual salary of £31,095


    272 secondary school teachers

    Based on a median annual salary of £36,789


    320 fire officers

    Based on a median annual salary of £31,258


    269 paramedics

    Based on a median annual salary of £37,164


    Four months' worth of the state's contribution to the Monarchy

    Per year it costs the UK £32m


    7,042 households' electricity and gas bills

    Based on a typical annual dual fuel bill of £1,420 each


    25,773 households' annual water bills

    £388 per household average


    44 libraries

    £963,284,000 spent on libraries in 2011-12 - for 4,265 'service points'


    177,777 jobseekers' allowance claimants

    On £56.25 a week each


    1,199 students' annual tuition fees

    Average tuition fees are £8,338


    10 days of arts spending

    Annual spending on the arts for a year: £398m


    Two years of UK foreign aid to Iraq

    It costs the UK £5m a year


    Two and a half Leveson Inquiries

    The cost of the Inquiry was £3.9m


    Two weeks of the BBC World Service

    The annual FCO spending on the World Service is £255m


    Two years of the Wales Office

    It costs the UK £5m a year


    152 MPs' basic salaries

    Before allowances, this is £65,738 each


    16,949,152 pints of milk - enough to give everyone in London two pints each


    Based on a price of 59p each


    60% of a Trident missile

    Cost: £16.8m each


    49 days of British forces in the Falklands


    Based on annual spending of £75m


    Flights for everyone in the Falklands to the UK and back and a trip up the Shard each. Three times over


    Return flight (plus tax): £1,208, Shard: £24.95


    400 black Asprey 'Margaret Thatcher' handbags

    Her handbag sold for £25,000 at auction


    6,079 duck houses for MPs claiming on expenses


    The amount that former Conservative MP Peter Viggers claimed for a floating duck house was £1,645


    11,111 public health funerals

    These are free funerals for poor people or those without any relatives or money, each costs the state £900"



    Original source - http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datab...ral-10-million
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    Yeah £10 million (of the tax payers' money) for a funeral is outrageous in my opinion. That money could have been spent on things a lot more worthwhile, such as what you've listed above.

    It's just another reason why this country's economy is ******.
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    Margaret Thatcher's funeral: 23 things you could pay for with £10m
    Margaret Thatcher's funeral will cost around £10m, although we won't know the exact figure - and how much of it is being spent by the state - until afterwards.
    What else can £10m pay for? Here are some ideas ...

    322 nurses

    Based on a median annual salary of £31,095


    272 secondary school teachers

    Based on a median annual salary of £36,789


    320 fire officers

    Based on a median annual salary of £31,258


    269 paramedics

    Based on a median annual salary of £37,164


    Four months' worth of the state's contribution to the Monarchy

    Per year it costs the UK £32m


    7,042 households' electricity and gas bills

    Based on a typical annual dual fuel bill of £1,420 each


    25,773 households' annual water bills

    £388 per household average


    44 libraries

    £963,284,000 spent on libraries in 2011-12 - for 4,265 'service points'


    177,777 jobseekers' allowance claimants

    On £56.25 a week each


    1,199 students' annual tuition fees

    Average tuition fees are £8,338


    10 days of arts spending

    Annual spending on the arts for a year: £398m


    Two years of UK foreign aid to Iraq

    It costs the UK £5m a year


    Two and a half Leveson Inquiries

    The cost of the Inquiry was £3.9m


    Two weeks of the BBC World Service

    The annual FCO spending on the World Service is £255m


    Two years of the Wales Office

    It costs the UK £5m a year


    152 MPs' basic salaries

    Before allowances, this is £65,738 each


    16,949,152 pints of milk - enough to give everyone in London two pints each


    Based on a price of 59p each


    60% of a Trident missile

    Cost: £16.8m each


    49 days of British forces in the Falklands


    Based on annual spending of £75m


    Flights for everyone in the Falklands to the UK and back and a trip up the Shard each. Three times over


    Return flight (plus tax): £1,208, Shard: £24.95


    400 black Asprey 'Margaret Thatcher' handbags

    Her handbag sold for £25,000 at auction


    6,079 duck houses for MPs claiming on expenses


    The amount that former Conservative MP Peter Viggers claimed for a floating duck house was £1,645


    11,111 public health funerals

    These are free funerals for poor people or those without any relatives or money, each costs the state £900
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    Most of the money is the Royal Family's security.

    Thatcher is one of the defining women of our age, for good or for bad, however she still is owed some respect. 10 million in the scheme of things is nothing - we are trillions in debt and borrow over 10 Billion every month.
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    This list is taken from the Guardian (please make sure to quote your sources).

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datab...ral-10-million
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    (Original post by miser)
    This list is taken from the Guardian (please make sure to quote your sources).

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datab...ral-10-million
    I have edited my post and added this in. :yep:
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    I was watching the news this morning and when quizzed about it (and I forget who it was which is annoying!) they replied 'Well the outlay for the BBC is £15m per day for the license payer so £10m is nothing to worry about'.

    That really, really pissed me off to be honest. Dismissing it as nothing, as if the public should not even have the right to question it! If anyone watched it and knows who it was, please do tell.

    I don't agree with it at all, but the £10m is a figure that has been plucked out of air and banded around so I'd take it with a pinch of salt. But, it's done, dusted, and there's nothing we can do about it now...
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    (Original post by Vikki1805)
    I have edited my post and added this in. :yep:

    :huff:

    I thought you'd worked it all out yourself. I demand my rep back.
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    Or you could just purchase 671,149 double cheeseburgers from Mcdonalds?

    Ps. no doubt somebody is going to double-check this...
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
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    I thought you'd worked it all out yourself. I demand my rep back.
    When I can rep you again, I will... :erm:
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    1/8th of Christiano Ronaldo
    Between 5 and 25% of an annual F1 team budget
    Approximately 25% of the cost to develop a 'AAA' video game.

    Alternatively:

    Provide funding for a large number of smaller charities for AT LEAST a year.

    Scale is a funny thing. To a normal person, £10 million is an awfully large amount of money. In the grand scheme of things, it ain't so much. I'm not saying that I think Maggie should have had such an expensive funeral, just that in context, it's not really as much as it seems.

    The NHS budget is around £120 BILLION.*
    Eduction is around £100 billion.

    Defence, welfare, pensions... all these are run by the billions of pounds. £10 million would make barely any difference. :sad:

    Source for UK spending figures: http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/uk...ending_20.html
    *NHS.uk states £109 billion, I've taken the average of the two sources.
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    Thatcher defined an age, she deserves a great send off. People like you are why I despise the left, always throwing out meaningless facts.
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    (Original post by robbmann)
    I despise the left, always throwing out meaningless facts.

    We prefer to call them hard truths to be honest. You're welcome to live in a fantasy, but some of us want to discuss things that are real and palpable.
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    I love how everyone kicks up a fuss about the cost, yet don't when your hard earned cash is being thrown at ****ing lazy losers who haven't done a days work in their life.

    Britain's skewed mentality.
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    Well, I hope you all dont think its 10 million in the bin, it pays the soldiers, the organisers the funeral service etc etc, the money will then be spent by them in different areas creating a multiplier effect of the initial 10 million investment into the funeral.

    This is a list of oppurtunity costs, the 10 million wasnt necessarily 'wasted'
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    (Original post by Hackett)
    I love how everyone kicks up a fuss about the cost, yet don't when your hard earned cash is being thrown at ****ing lazy losers who haven't done a days work in their life.

    Britain's skewed mentality.
    Find me 1 single person who doesn't mind their hard earned cash being thrown at '****ing lazy losers who haven't done a days work in their life' and I'll chew my own elbow off and eat a shoe and drink my own piss.
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    (Original post by Rybee)
    Find me 1 single person who doesn't mind their hard earned cash being thrown at '****ing lazy losers who haven't done a days work in their life' and I'll chew my own elbow off and eat a shoe and drink my own piss.
    Well, Clearly the government. Hence the fact we have this joke of a welfair system.
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    I don't understand why people make a meal out of it. You hear of top end bankers claim so much in bonuses, why not talk about them instead? 10 million is over the top for a funeral but to be honest, it has to be done, with all the people against Thatcher and her policies you have to make special arrangements just to make sure everything goes smoothly on the day and no idiots try to ruin it.
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    If we'd have put the money towards a Trident missile we could have nicknamed it "The Iron Lady" in honour of her. It would have been a cheeky little statement for the benefit of the Argentines too.
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    Does anyone know why the funeral isn't being paid for out of her estate like everyone else? I'm sure she would have had more than 10m, and I heard her son was worth around 60m so it's not like they couldn't afford it.

    Thanks.
 
 
 
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