The Butcher's Bill
According the the UK Office of National Statistics, there are 29,190,000 people in the UK in employment. If the UK's "contribution" to rescuing Ireland is going to be £7 billion, that's £239.81p from each tax-payer in Britain.
Doesn't seem like a lot right now, but who says it will stop at £7billion, and of course, there will be Spain and Portugal next with the begging bowls.
It's not as if we're in any great shape in Britain at the moment. Charity begins at home...