The Isle of Man Pensioners Association have an interesting calculation on their web site.
As they show, it costs £527 a head for defence in the UK in 2007/08.
This is a cost to which the Isle of Man is meant to contribute. But it actually only pays £30.27 per head.
If it paid at the same rate as the UK (and there is no reason why not that I can think of) then the contribution should be £42.2 million. It actually pays £2.4 million. That's a subsidy of £39.8 million to add to that mentioned yesterday on VAT of £221 million.
Which comes to near enough £260 million in all.
Why are we wasting money in this way?