The Beeb has this piece about
a Belfast roundabout
that costs £50,000 per day of public money. Well no, it doesn’t really – nothing
to do with the roundabout, the money is for the policing of the immediate
neighbourhood, because the junction marks an inflammatory boundary between loyalist
and republican areas.
But it’s useful and valid for this huge cost to be publicised.
It’s taxpayers’ money used to deter persistent violence in local areas. We’ve
known about the massive human cost for a long time: it will be interesting if the
novelty of knowing more about the financial cost has some impact in bringing
about a lasting solution.