Saving 100 billion on the back of a cig packet, we should compare notes, on currently released figures I've found less than 70 billion spent directly at the national level which can be cut overnight without anyone but the newly (and deservedly) jobless noticing
Nah ... I used an envelope, not a cig packet ... since they put the health warnings on the packets, you can't plan to take over the world on them any more. But the envelope is a bit bigger, which is probably why I got to £100 billion and you only made £70 billion. Try a bigger envelope. For real fun, flog off all the NHS real estate ... preferably to Tesco and Asda, and get them to run the hospitals ... it can still be free at the point of delivery ... the provider simply puts in the bill to the Department of Health. The money we get for the real estate would probably wipe out the national debt. If not, we can also sell off the schools to the highest bidders ... on the same financial basis.
BTW - did you include local authorities? There's at least £40 billion there for the asking, and another £40 billion if you try a little harder.