U.K. Government Spending Rise Above 50% Of GDP
The increase has in part been financed by tax increases, but mostly through a soaring budget deficit.
Though most other countries have seen their burden of government increase during the recent slump (Israel is one of very fex exceptions), the U.K. has seen a bigger increase than elsewhere, and unlike most others (the U.S. being and additional example) the burden of government spending was rising even during the boom.
As a result, government spending is now higher than in Germany and most other continental European countries, after previously having been much lower.
While I can't say I trust David Cameron, these numbers provides a very strong case for voting Gordon Brown out of office during the election that will come later this year.