Using the figures from the Treasury's report on the sales, and the Treasury's GDP deflator, I come up with the following:
|Ounces of gold||12712000||12712000|
|Price $ / oz||274.92||692.5|
|Net current value ($ millions)||4,208||8,803|
|Gordon's blunder ($ billions)||4.6|
Brown's gigantic blunder has cost us some £3bn at current prices. Who would trust this man to manage a whelk stall?