Getting it in Proportion

Socialist Worker 381

Numbers in billions are hard to get your head round. Socialist Worker makes some comparisons:

SW Did You Know €1.6 billion – the amount Greece was demanded to pay the Troika on Tuesday 30 June.

SW Did You Know €1.6 billion – the increase in the personal fortune of Denis O’Brien last year. €1.6 billion is only one quarter of O’Brien’s total personal fortune of €6 billion and less than one fifth of Hilary Weston’s (owner of Brown Thomas) fortune of €8.8 billion.

SW Did You Know €19.10 a week – what an asylum seeker in Direct Provision System is expected to live on. Last year Denis O’Brien made €449,000 a day.

SW Did You Know $610 billion – US military spending last year

 

 

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