Monday, January 16, 2012

Should the Queen be given a new yacht for her diamond jubilee?

An article in the Guardian by Patrick Wintour commenting on Michael Gove's idea to give the Queen a new yacht for her diamond jubilee is bound to create a furore from the public who are seeing their jobs lost and their future going down the pan.

Michael Gove

So what is a millionaire Tory doing suggesting that we spend an huge amount of money, from a decreasing public purse, in giving one of the richest women in the world a £60 million pound toy to play with? Gove, an ardent monarchist and a supporter of the Union, who a history of having his snout deep into the Westminster trough, gives his reason as:

"In spite, and perhaps because of the austere times, the celebration should go beyond those of previous jubilees and mark the greater achievement that the diamond anniversary represents."

Is this guy off his rocker? We are about to go into, if not already in, a recession [personally I believe we are in a depression as I don't believe the treasury figures for one moment] and he wants to waste, on top of the huge amount of money already allocated for the jubilee celebrations, even more money. This man has made a career of rising from a poor and uncertain background to a prominent figure in the UK government. Good luck for him for doing that; he has my respect but not at the expense of those who can poorly afford to pay for it. I believe that is called climbing over people to get to the top. The man is a moron if he thinks that this sort of extra expenditure will go down well with those who are about to lose their jobs and as the Scottish Government are looking for excuses to point the finger at UK wastage.
So, what will the benefits be to the British public, apart from watching a rich women on the sycophantic, monarchist-orientated BBC programmes, as she swans about the world in her cheap yacht? It will bring jobs to the shipbuilders. True. It will give employment to the people who have to staff it. True. But do we want to see this sort of money wasted when she could easily afford to pay for it herself? We have already taken out of service her last yacht.

HMY Britannia

And, of course, they also had the royal racing yacht, the Bloodhound
The days when we could afford those luxuries for our monarch by ripping off the rest of the world have long gone, and good riddance to those days.


  1. I'm waiting to hear that the Tories have decided to take the House Elf's idea on board and that there will be a tax of the unemployed to pay for it.

    If every unemployed person (about 8 million I should think) paid a pound a week (£8 million a week) for 20 weeks, that would be £160 million. Enough to pay for the yacht (as it would almost certainly cost more than double the original estimate).

    Alternatively all the millionaires in the Tories and Liberals, Commons and Lords, could club together and give her a it as a special present for allowing them to continue in government despite their patently obvious unsuitability.

  2. I wonder how much of his own money he is going to put into the fund?