An economist in Holland has worked out the true cost of the country’s love of pyrotechnic displays on New Year’s Eve, most of which are paid for by the taxpayer, directly or indirectly.
According to Benn Bernmann every 1 Euro spent by a consumer, another 16 Euro has to be spent by the Dutch government to rectify damages, injuries and waste caused by the fireworks. Approximately 960 million is the cost of emergency medical help for fireworks injuries and damage to property. Damage to the environment is not included in his estimate, which dates back to December 2008 and has been retrieved by arts campaigners.
So here’s the Slipped Disc solution: put a Dutch cap on all fireworks until 2015, and watch the arts put on a real show with the saved revenue.
Read on here (in Dutch).