Sunday, 1 March 2009

And you thought a million was a lot.....

Filming a piece about the economy for GMTV this week I had to relay the staggering fact that Britain’s debt is now hitting the two trillion mark. Just writing it down, with all those noughts, made my arm ache. And trying to conceptualise such a mega mount of money made my head spin.

Then Kevin Connolley on Radio 4 yesterday simplified it thus: he said if you think about it in seconds…
a million seconds is 11 days
a billion seconds is around 32 years
and a trillion therefore is 32,000 years

So our debt is equivalent to the number of seconds in 32,000 years.
Now that IS a lot of money... I think I need to go and have a lie down…..

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