There was a time when figures meant something, when we gasped in awe at the thought of a billion dollars, let alone a billion pounds.  I suppose it was Bill Gates’ enormous wealth thanks to Microsoft’s profits that first anaesthetized us the the meaning of vast sums of largesse.  And then along came Google, that aptly named generator of impossible to imagine quantities of greenbacks.

Non the less it is still appalling and quite disorienting to think that our lowly government is set to borrow £100 billion this year.

Still, its all in a good cause isn’t it?