Originally Posted by n97 mini
The cost per capita of running this country is greater than the UK.
For example, we have the most roads per capita in Europe (due to daft housing policies). Those roads are maintained out of the public purse.
The UK has 6km of road per person. We have 24km of road per person.
Do you have any evidence to back up this bit in bold? Other than anecdotal.
If you do have such evidence, have you taken into account the following:
- the relative services provided in both states
- the relative % of children in education
- the relative expenditure on defence
- the relative age of the population (very young and very old need more health care)
- the relative % size of the welfare dependent population
- the relative social welfare rates
- the relative direct grants provided by central government
-the relative savings in terms of scale
Once you have either allowed for the differences in service requirements caused by the above, only then can you say that the costs per capita of running this country is greater than the UK. It would be quite a comprehensive study and I would be interested in reading it so maybe you could provide a link.