(Original post by FredOrJohn)
the stats lie. Loads of companies such as CGI (it solutions) are totally wrapped up into government contracts...This will also be the same with local councils Waste Management (some pretty big FTSE companies involved)..
Or put it another way 45% of the entire UK GDP is government (eg everything from soldiers to road sweepers).
You could argue that every student at university is in the public sector too...(and GCSE and A level student voters as well - also often more labour the tory)
Since when could GCSE and A level students (well, AS and a chunk of A2) vote?
And of that 45% how much is going to the utilities companies?
How much of that is going into welfare, particularly pensions?
How much to pharmaceutical companies?
How much is going overseas for various hardware, whether it be military, medical, etc?
How much is going towards fuel?
How much of the Transport budget is going to private companies?
Just shy 20% of the budget is in the pension pot; about 8% is spent servicing our debts; another 8% in welfare; 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid; 3.2bn goes into Defence R&D, that all goes into the private sector...across the Atlantic. Massive swathes of that 45% go into private hands not via employment, almost a third for pensions, interest and welfare alone, with very little public sector employment there.
Figures from back in 2006 give London as about 16-17% Manufacturing, transport and infrastructure (independent of the public sector), financial, business and other services as about 23%,
hotels, restaurants and retail as about 10%, public sector just under 20% and what's left. Broken down even further in the appendix
I'd also like to say that I expect the Labour lead over the Tories among the young probably isn't as big as you would think.