Thursday, April 19, 2012

Money down the drain: The total cost of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations could reach £3.6bn. It's a bloody disgrace! ...

According to the Department of Culture Media and Sport, the total cost of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations could climb to £3.6bn, a large percentage of which will be due to financial losses resulting from much of the country taking an extra day off work during a bank holiday weekend that will run from 2 to 5 June. 

This equates to four whole days where most of the UK population will do sweet bugger all except watch a group of very rich people (namely royals and their pals) doing what they do best: sweet bugger all!

At this point, you'll be pleased to learn that the royal family is currently touring the Commonwealth to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and that (as noted by the Treasury) an "extra £1m has been added to the royal household's budget for the extra visits and events".

Hey, it's only £1m! We didn't need it anyway (shit!).

So what will this absurd, out-dated and disgracefully costly extravaganza entail?

Well, it will begin with an equestrian pageant at Windsor Castle in May for which 500 horses from all over the world will be flown in.

Performers will include Inuits from Canada, cowboys from Oklahoma, presidential bodyguards from India, Cossacks from Russia and Huasos from Chile. 

Oddly, the Queen will only attend on the last night: May 13 ... After all, just because it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, doesn't mean that she has to attend every event! Give the poor woman a break!

But the highlight of the celebrations will be the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June. 

This will comprise 1,000 decorated private boats from the UK and the Commonwealth, all of which will be led down the river by the much-publicized 'new' royal rowbarge, Gloriana, a £500,000 jubilee gift to the Queen underwritten by Lord Sterling.

But this is where it all becomes even more nonsensical. You see, the royal family itself will not even ride in the Gloriana. Instead, the Queen will ride in the existing royal barge, The Spirit of Chartwell. Work that one out!

The £12m cost of the jubilee pageant will apparently be funded by private sponsorship and donations, but this does not include the cost of policing the events (probably the largest security operation ever staged in London). 

The day after the pageant, the BBC's jubilee concert will take place on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

As usual, such regulars as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox, be performing.

And to top it all, 2,000 beacons will be lit in the UK and around the world to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

What a disgraceful waste of money!

But it doesn't end there. 

Local councils will spend around £550,000 on their own celebrations, and the Royal Boroughs of Windsor and Maidenhead are going to install a Jubilee fountain and monument at a cost of £157,000.

Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, said, “Councils up and down the country are wasting public money on these celebrations whilst simultaneously cutting jobs, which is hard [I suggest 'impossible'] 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. Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of our supporters will be going down to the banks by the Tower of London to protest against the pageant.”

Recession? What recession?

Unemployment? What unemployment?

Poverty? What poverty?


Proboscis said...

What a stupid disgrace!

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