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.