5 live Drives down the deficit
MPs packing up to leave Westminster for the summer might just have half an eye on the beach in a week or two's time.
But when they get back, the political elephant in the room won't have gone away. Cuts. The deficit. Tax rises.
So how big a challenge is the government taking on, trying to tackle the £156bn budget deficit? If you were Chancellor, what would you do? Next week, we want to hear your ideas.
Starting next Monday on Drive, I am heading across the country to hear how you would sort out the country's finances. Your suggestions don't have to be popular. They can be big or small, serious or outlandish. The aim is to drive down as much of the deficit in a week as your ideas allow. Who knows, maybe we can balance the books by Friday!
Of course, whether cutting the deficit within five years, let alone five days, is necessary is a matter of intense political debate. But we hope that by setting a ridiculous timetable we can explore the dilemmas, quandaries and difficulties facing Whitehall. Our guests will suggest where savings could come while others will be equally passionate in defending areas of spending.
Each day throughout the week, we will examine a different area of government spending. And then we'll switch the focus to look at raising taxes.
On Monday we will explore the home affairs budget - things like schools, hospitals, the police and the arts. How much could you change the NHS to save money? And what about schools?
On Tuesday we'll take a look at foreign affairs. Can we afford to slash the defence budget? Can we be generous to poorer countries when we are short of money?
On Wednesday we're planning to look at how much difference could be made to the national overdraft by selling off state assets. What do we own that we can do without and that someone else would want?
On Thursday we'll turn our attention to a massive proportion of government spending - the welfare budget, which accounts for about £1 in every £4 of spending from our taxes. The state pension, housing benefit and money for people on the dole - everything's up for debate.
On Friday we'll move from looking at spending to looking at tax. By then we hope to have taken in Berkshire, Northumberland, Fife and to have arrived in Nottingham. We will be at the splendidly named VAT and Fiddle pub. What we haven't paid off by today will be added to the tax bill. So ideas for new taxes will be welcome. Serious or seriously off the wall, we are all ears.
We'd love to hear your ideas for where cuts could come and where taxes could rise. Anything goes - there are no sacred cows, unless you want there to be. Nothing is ring-fenced.
Clearly, we're not saying any of this should, could or would happen in reality, but we hope our exercise, with your involvement, will help us all get a greater sense of where our taxes are spent.
Post your thoughts here. We would love to hear from you and we might get back in touch.
Chris Mason is 5 live's political reporter