All MPs are desperate to make the unimaginable figures on the national debt easier to understand.
Sarah Wollaston, new Tory MP for Totnes, has found a novel way. She told the Commons:
“All these very sad cases are unavoidable. It is because we have a national debt of £1 trillion. I was looking at what that means. If every pound were a second, that would be 31,546 years and we would all be sitting here for a very long time.”
Hmm. But if those pound coins were laid end to end will they reach the moon or buy a cake the size of Wales?
Only one way to find out…