- The Metropolitan Police are fined £175,000, with £385,000 costs over the "Health and Safety" failings in the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Who pays? The taxpayer.
Who is paid? I haven't found an answer yet. I don't think it's the grieving relatives. In which case it's the government (admittedly a different branch).
Who pays the costs? The taxpayer.
Who is paid the costs? The government (courts, government-employed lawyers, Health & Safety Executive).
Why didn't the government cotton on to this money-making wheeze earlier? What a brilliant way to get money from the taxpayer without having to show any useful return (not that the taxpayer actually expects any real return on their hard-earned cash anyway)! Expect to see lots more of the government fining itself our money.
- HM Treasury, via the Bank of England, has already paid £20.6 BILLION of (you got it) taxpayers' money to Northern Rock, to sort them out. That's the same as a 10% increase in income tax.
Where's it going to come from? Cuts in public spending? Not this government; why stop spending when it's not your money! More income tax? Haven't got the guts. More stealth taxes? Nice one. More 'public' borrowing? Of course. I'd borrow money if I knew it wasn't me paying it back.
Something funny going on here. I can't quite put my finger on it.