The data comes from the IMF. It shows the planned proportion of GDP to be spent by the governments of the UK, Germany and USA over the next five years, with some historic time data to give the plans some context. As Aditya pointed out, it is the plan of the UK that is quite so extraordinary.
Between now and 2017 the Coalition is planning to cut its spending from about 45% of GDP to under 40%, a figure slightly lower than that in the USA.
And in 2007 it was 39% of GDP.
Given that in 2007 all was right with Brown\’s spending of the money then 39% of GDP is where it should be then, eh?
Actually, Ritchie has said several times that Labour (and Brown and Blair) spent too much back then. So it should be lower than that according to the Sage of Downham Market then?