As much as I might hate giving away my hard earned wages every month, there are some things I'm glad my taxes pay for – roads, for example, and the insurance of the welfare state.
I don't know how many of your saw the recent series on the world's most dangerous roads, but, compared to some of the places featured in the programme, our roads are near perfect.
The pitfalls of having unsafe roads were well illustrated this week by news reports of Chinese van driver whose Toyota van plunged down a sheer and muddy embankment only to be serendipitously caught by lorry which was passing on the road below.
"I could feel myself falling and it all seemed to be happening in slow motion like a movie. I thought to myself, ‘That's it, you're going to die'", said the 32-year-old van driver
"Then all of a sudden there was a bump and I stopped in mid air as if I'd been caught by a giant hand," he added.
But the giant hand wasn't the hand of God – it was just an HGV.
I'm just glad that I don't have to drive my van on China's roads. I'm pretty sure the experience would be one to compare with some of scariest I've so far endured.