The cost of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to Britain and its taxpayers is estimated by the government to be as much as £3 billion. At the same time, many of the unemployed, disadvantaged and poor do not have enough to pay for basic necessities, including food, energy and water.
The huge cost to the country of staging the Queen’s celebrations could rise even more when the effect of the extra bank holiday on businesses is taken into account. Meanwhile, the government wants to cut benefits to the very needy by more than £1 billion.
The figures from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport highlight what many people see as the hypocrisy of the middle classes and wealthy celebrating the Monarchy whilst those who are less fortunate starve.
With less than 40% of the nation expected to celebrate the Jubilee whilst 60% will not – many having chosen to go abroad instead and celebrate the comparative weakness of the Euro to the Pound – TheOpinionSite.org is not alone in wondering why so much public money is being wasted on something that is both anachronistic and irrelevant in a modern world.
Whilst the Jubilee may cause a very temporary ‘feel good factor’ among Tory MPs, the wider establishment such as the police and with those who still believe the Monarchy is necessary, the unnecessary spending of so much of our money will do little to help anyone.
It also has to be said that neither the Queen herself nor any members of her family have the slightest idea of what it is like to live on a sink estate or to be in a position where one has to choose between eating and heating during the winter months because there is insufficient money to go around.
No amount of expensive pageantry or flag waving is going to help the homeless and with local councils across the country spending an average of £500,000 on the celebrations, it is right to ask whether that money could and should have been spent on something more worthwhile.
Whilst the £12 million price tag of the River Pageant has largely been met by private sponsorship and donations, the costs of policing all the other events, the bill for security and the endless organisational costs have had to be taken from taxpayers, many of whom do not even realise that they are actually paying for it.
One of the largest security operations ever staged in London protected the 7 mile river route and it has been reported that both MI6 and MI5 have cancelled all leave and reassigned staff in order to ensure the Royal Family, participants and the public enjoy the continuing celebrations.
The government is however not the only institution keeping quiet about the costs to the public purse. Other organisations are also reluctant to come clean over how much taxpayer’s money they are spending.
The BBC for example, when approached by TheOpinionSite.org, declined to comment on how much the royal coverage was costing the public in addition to money generated by the already expensive licence fee.
The Metropolitan Police and other forces across the country have also declined to reveal how much public money they are spending on policing over the course of the celebrations for Her Majesty and her endless train of followers.
The greatest hypocrisy of all however is that of the government and its wealthy friends enjoying themselves with their equally wealthy backers whilst at the same time getting ready to slap a 3p a litre increase on the price of fuel in August.
The increase in petrol and diesel prices will once again increase the cost of food and everything else, thus making life even more difficult for those who already have insufficient money to purchase even basic essentials like food, electricity and water.
The Queen and her family, together with the Prime Minister and his millionaire Cabinet will of course remain entirely unaffected by any increases.
Graham Smith, CEO of Republic joined TheOpinionSite.org in criticising the excessive amounts of public money that were being spent on Jubilee celebrations.
He said: “Councils up and down the country are wasting public money on these celebrations whilst simultaneously cutting jobs which is hard to justify. All of this pageantry will come at a huge cost to the public for no return and it will have a negative impact on the economy.”
Mr Smith also revealed that police are allowing the organisation to stage a protest, “Hundreds, maybe even thousands of our supporters will be going down to the banks by the Tower of London to protest against the pageant.”
TheOpinionSite.org is sad to report another waste of public money that could be put to better use – £7 million pounds of it:
It has been confirmed that Jubilee medals are being awarded to serving members of key front line services. This description includes the armed forces, the police, the Prison Service (which was left out last time and should have been left out again as it is not truly a ‘front line’ service), ambulance service and fire and rescue services) who have completed five years’ service on the anniversary of the Queen’s accession on 6 February 2012.
Almost all of these bodies come under the auspices of ‘Her Majesty’ and it is widely felt that the sole reason these meaningless decorations are being produced is to maintain the public presence of the Monarchy. In other, non-royal countries, it is the State that commissions most of the services listed above.
Between 400,000 and 450,000 medals will be produced, at a total cost to the taxpayer (you and me that is) of between £7 million and £8 million.
Perhaps the Queen should also include Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs who extort her government’s Income Tax from the rest of us and give all of its personel a medal too? After all, the medals are not costing her a single penny.
How all this spending is supposed to help the rest of us – especially the poorest in society – to overcome the ongoing financial downturn is unclear but it will certainly help David Cameron and his Tory/Royalist cronies to maintain their make-believe grip on Britain’s now very faded ‘glorious’ past.
Unfortunately, such an enormous waste of money will also increase the chances that the Royalist-led Tory party will take us all down with them as they strive so hard to keep an unwilling population subserviant to an inconsequential, pseudo authority like the Monarchy which disguises Britain’s ever evolving police state.
TheOpinionSite.org readily accepts that its view will not find favour with and may even upset some people. Nevertheless, our view does perhaps reflect the opinion of the 60% of British citizens that have not participated in the Jubilee celebrations, many of whom could not have afforded to do so even if they had actually wanted to.
The almost pathalogical obsession with the Monarchy displayed by successive governments has held the UK back for far too long.
Britain’s unhealthy habit of dwelling on past glories has blinded those in power (and many ordinary people) to the fact that Britain is now largely insignificant in the world, its outdated ideals and policies failing to recognise the evolution of modern society and consequently enslaving the UK into a way of life that most other countries regard as either ‘quaint’ or – if they are being honest – primitive.
A small, broken and irrelevant island stuck somewhere off the coast of Northern Europe is no longer going to change the world. Britain is even regarded by America as only either being useful or simply ‘getting in the way’. The ‘special relationship’ is no longer any more ‘special’ than that shared by the US with France, Germany or any other European country for that matter.
The Monarchy does nothing to help Britain in practical terms and costs far too much to maintain at a time when many subjects of this royal dinosaur cannot even afford to eat.
Eventually, it comes down to this:
It is increasingly difficult to see why, with 60% of the population not interested in such an outdated mechanism, the taxpayer has to pay for it. If the Queen wants to go on living a life of luxury whilst her poorest subjects starve and freeze, let her pay for it herself. If she wants to celebrate, she can pay for that too.
After all, she and her family are still some of the very wealthiest people in Britain today.
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