The Diamond Jubilee

The Diamond Jubilee will mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign.

Am i interested…No! The idea of Royalty doesn’t sit well with me but at the end of the day the system seems to work as well as any of the alternatives.

I was 4 years old tied to a cot (so i couldnt climb out, apparently i was a bit of a handfull then 🙂 in hospital when the queen was crowned and i remember then feeling bitter that i couldnt pop the balloons and join in the celebrations. Maybe that also had some effect on how i feel now.

I really wonder how much, all of this had costed the British tax payer, especially when the newly elected Government had cut back on expenditure, that is taking an effect on the people who are really struggling already. Maybe the Queen should be paying more of her own way, the taxes that she would pay, still would not cover the upkeep of what the tax payers are paying out to her and her relitives. What does Prince Andrew do for instance? Or Edward and Sophie? And those 2 girls Eugenie and Beatrice? Why do I have to pay for them to live in the lap of luxury and not lift a finger? And don’t get me started on Mrs Parker Bowles.

The country is bankrupt, we are in recession, families are living on the poverty line – we can’t afford all this pomp and ceremony.

I don’t think i object to the monarchy and the queen,but i do object to all the hangers on in the royal family who do nothing to earn their keep. That makes me angry.

I read that the cost of the Jubilee has NOT been funded by the taxpayer, and according to this article there will actually be a surplus going to charity?!…iamond-jubilee
It will be a giant undertaking, but it won’t cost the public a penny. All of the £10.5m budget has been raised from individual donations and corporate sponsorships, and a “substantial” surplus has been raised. It will be given to charity via the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.However this is not exactly true! It mentions at the bottom of the article that some of the cost will come out of the public purse, including security.

Extra costs
But the public purse is not entirely spared the cost of the event. The Greater London Authority has budgeted £2m for outside screens, road closures, signage and similar expenses. It will pick up £100,000 and pass the rest of the bill to the Department for Media, Culture and Sport. Some of the costs will be offset by revenues from commercial sponsorship.
The Royal Household has been given an extra £1m to cover the cost of administration and increased correspondence in the jubilee year. That comes from taxpayers via the Sovereign Grant – and it’s more than double the contribution made for the Golden Jubilee in 2002 (£450,000).
On top of those costs, the Metropolitan police will put over 6,000 officers on duty on the busiest days. 21 police boats will patrol the river. All these costs will be met from the public purse.
The Ministry of Defence is also making a big contribution. The type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond started the proceedings with a 21-gun salute at Portsmouth harbour on Friday – this will be followed by an RAF flypast, and 1,000 personnel from all three services will take part in the parades and fire salutes and a “feu de joie”.
The MoD and Met police would not supply cost estimates for their participation, but it is likely to run to millions of pounds.
But the biggest cost of all will come from the time off that the public take to watch it all. The Bank of England warned that the impact of people not working on the bank holidays will knock 0.5 per cent off GDP for the second quarter of the year – wiping over £1bn off the national output and prolonging the country’s double-dip recession. A lot of cheering up will be required.

After saying all that i do have a sneaking respect and have to admit i do appreciate what this queen has done for this country (as much as she was able.The Queen effectively has no power – she has some legacy ‘powers’ but were she to try and leverage them to any degree the government would just take them away from her. ) She is probably one of a kind and I doubt that those who follow after her will come anywhere near to doing as good a job as the one that she has done, she is in reality a product of the past from a different age when people were expected to behave differently to what is deemed to be acceptable now.


2 Responses

  1. . . other than to say that I think you are being far too kind and generous in your words – we’re on the same side on this issue. having been deluded enough back when to serve ‘Queen and Country’ I’m in favour of doing away with pretty much all of the trappings of state as well as the police and military that protect it.
    Good post to read!


  2. I thought perhaps i was being a bit harsh but its what i really think so i’ll stick with it. I also agree with your last comment re: the police and military. Thanks for calling by 🙂


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