In the last week we have had the three main political parties in this country demonising each other over a difference in spending plans of about £6 billion pounds. This is less than 1% of the UK government's current annual spending.
If you added or subtracted one percent of spending from any man or woman's personal spending budget over a year, they would hardly notice the difference.
And yet, between Britain's politicians, it is the flaming brimstone line between heaven and hell, between noblest good and purest evil, and between the furthest dire extremes of socialism and conservatism.
What a joke.
When the money runs out and the UK government has to make spending cuts of around £200 billion pounds, to bring its budget within its taxation take, we will see what real 'public austerity spending cuts' look like. (Bring it on.)
The biggest joke, of course, is that over the four weeks of the general election campaign, so far fought mainly over this £6 billion pounds, the UK government will have borrowed a further £15 billion pounds of debt.
Oh well, so long as it keeps the proles amused.
For much more on this grotesque UK government borrow-and-spend programme, read the superb Christopher Booker.