Six things Johnson’s £100m no-deal advertising budget would be better spent on

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Boris Johnson has announced he will spend £100m of taxpayers’ money advertising a no-deal Brexit.

Understandably, this has caused controversy. The SNP’s Treasury spokesperson Alison Thewliss MP called it “a shameful waste of taxpayers’ cash”.

What could that £100m have been spent on?

  1. Run the entire English NHS for eight hours

Total government health spending in England was estimated to be £125bn in 2019.

2. Given every full-time carer £76 each

There are 1.3m people in the UK who claim ‘carers allowance’ – which is for those spending more than 35 hours a week caring for someone who themselves claims certain benefits. ‘Carers allowance’ is a measly £66.15 a week. So a one-off £76 bonus would be nice.

3. Resettled over 1,000 Syrian refugees

The government allocated £1.7bn recently to re-housing 20,000 Syrian refugees – providing them with accomodation for four years. So £100m could resettle about 1,200 refugees.

For context, there’s about 5,000,000 Syrian refugees – the vast majority of them living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

4. Bought more than 100 MRI scanners

They cost about £895,000 each.

5. Carried out 18,000 hip operations

A hip operation costs £5,000 to £6,000.

6. Employed 4,000 nurses for a year

On a £25k salary.

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3 Responses to “Six things Johnson’s £100m no-deal advertising budget would be better spent on”

  1. Tom Sacold

    Once we’ve left the EU we will be able to spend the Brexit Bonus on all this and more.

    Supporting Brexit means supporting the enabling actions required in order for real socialism to be introduced to our country. Let the Tories do the donkey work of getting us out. We can then enjoy the longer-term benefits.

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