Our politicians talk in billions these days and it can be a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting the figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago nobody walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion pounds ago was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.
Corporation Income Tax
Fishing Licence Tax
(tax on top of tax)
Marriage Licence Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Vehicle Licence Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and Britain was one of the most prosperous nations in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt.
We had the largest middle class in the world and Mum stayed home to raise the children.
A visualisation of $ billion can be seen here.