Simple maths may solve national debt

Dear Sir, — I can reduce the national debt by a thousandfold overnight simply by returning to my school-child days of mathematics, when a billion was a million millions, not the thousand millions it became when we adopted the American version.
So every billion we owe would be worth “just” a thousand million, problem solved. Well, up to a point.
Someone tell Boris. — Yours faithfully,

CHRIS TURNER
Congleton.

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