As people burn to death in buildings coated with pretty coated bbq fire lighters, a time of austerity with a national housing crisis , an increase in foodbanks plus cuts to many frontline services and the rate of homelessness increasing quicker than a DUP bribe,The Sovereign Grant, which funds the monarch's household, official travel, and upkeep of palaces, will increase from £76 million ($97 million) in 2017-18 to £82.2 million ($104.9 million) next April. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40412343
Not bad, eh? That's a £6 million pay rise. to the UK’s richest benefit claimant along with a whopping £370 million for a lick of paint for Buckingham Palace. If anybody I believe deserves an award, at this moment in time, it is the firefighters and nurses across our land who have received a paltry 1%.
I know what all the arguments for the extra cash are going to be already; the Palace itself maintains the Royal Family is very cost effective. But they would say that, they reap the benefits, obviously they need Orangery Doors at Windsor Castle at a cost of £1.2 million and due to mismanagement need a new ceiling in the Buckingham Palace State Dining Room costing £1.3 million. Oh and she works really hard cutting all those ribbons and bless her at 91 she’s getting on a bit, her diamond encrusted, solid gold Crown must be pretty heavy nowadays, and it must be a strain what with Philip retiring and obviously she needs a few extra handbags , and of course her beloved corgis need feeding .As for the Royals jaunts, in times of austerity, they certainly do not travel cheap.Prince William And Kate's trip to Bhutan cost £98,000. Prince Charles and Camilla's recent trip to Romania, Italy and Austria on "Cam Force One" cost £154,000.Charles also took the most expensive journey by Royal Train costing £46,000 ,that's £95.32 per flipping mile. When the Queen, Philip and Charles and Duchess went to Poundbury, Dorchester for the unveiling of a statute of the Queen Mother in October, that train trip alone came to a staggering £22,060.
But do the benefits outweigh the cost to the public purse? .82.2 million ($104.9 million) next April.
£370 million seems a little excessive to do up someone’s home up, especially when you consider that a whole tower block could’ve been coated in something not flammable for an extra two grand.The royals think Buckingham Palace is theirs to use and ours to pay for, but its time they were told to look after the buildings themselves, raise their own revenue to fund maintenance or time for them to give the palace back to the people. It would probably be far less expensive to actually knock the run down building down, it is not fit for purpose anyway , a relic of another age, Liz does not even spend much time there anyway, she's over at her other pads, windsor or balmoral. We could simply replace it and build much needed affordable social houses on the site and simply abolish the monarchy at huge savings to the whole country and the public purse. It's not even the most beautiful building to look at , just an extravagant untidy mess.
In terms of public perception. the timing of this announcement could not have been worse, thousands of people seem to think,that it is the royals themselves who should foot the bill for Her Maj’s luxury pad.A petition suggesting The Crown and its estates should pay for the renovations has been gathering momentum . I would urge you to sign it, hasn't the British monarchy sponged of us for long enough.
The Queen using her own vast wealth for the upkeep of her own home is something I would support , and would be a gesture that would create greater national unity. I just don't want the funds to come out of other pensioners or that of single -parent families struggling to pay their bills.
What would be much better is if we got rid of this antiquated system of superiority all together. Scrap the Royals and hereditary peers. Or we could put the Queen on a salary and all that money should go to the treasury and be spent on services and put back into the community. Just because you happen to be born to certain parents, at a certain time, and a certain place, simply does not make someone better than the rest of us.