The Parliament website is a fine source of information on our parliament, its people, activities and such.
In the site are research papers produced by the House of Commons Library staff, which ”are compiled for the benefit of British Members of Parliament”.
Firstly, a graph on the rate of inflation [click on graph to enlarge], which compares the three measures of price inflation, RPI [Retail Price Index], RPIX [Retail Price index excluding mortgage interest payments], and CPI [Consumer Price Index, again excluding mortgage interest payments, but also council tax, rent and vehicle tax.]
Secondly, Gordon Brown continually refers to government expenditure as investment, so much so that you’d think it was the biggest source of investment nationally. The truth is that the private sector is the biggest contributor to investment, as this graph shows [click to enlarge].
Apologies, a bit heavy for Friday.