Wealthy without lifting a finger
We all basked in the accumulation of a few extra days off in June, thanks to Her Majesty’s determination to not budge from her throne – I bet every Brit and their dog were singing her praises back then.
That opening line alone makes my opinion on the matter seem somewhat anarchist, but that couldn’t be more further from the truth. One of the challenges with the Royal Family is that many of us might visualise their vast abundance of financial wealth and endless hectares of estate and assume that they’re fundamentally unnecessary and costly to the taxpayer.
It’d be a fairly naive assumption should this be your logic, because in all seriousness if you weigh up the pro’s and con’s, of one of the worlds most famous families, then you’d certainly gather a more accurate understanding. So here’s my question to you…
Does Britain still need the Royal Family?
All in favour – say aye
Let’s start with the simple numbers; the Royal wedding cost approximately £20m and it is calculated to have generated £1bn for the economy. Now I’m no financial guru, but according to my calculations, that’s a hefty profit. God knows what the Jubilee did. OK, so we’ve established the wedding may have helped our struggling economy, but how else do we benefit from royalty?
Aside from the millions of pounds earned from tourists visiting their endless estates and fancy buildings, the Royal Family are highly respected worldwide, they continue to generate healthy relations which more importantly affects Britain. There aren’t many guests that arrive at the White House to which the President (at the time) is wearing a white-tie dinner suit – in fact the Queen’s the first for this. Pretty good PR for Team GB, don’t you think?
Then there’s all the charity work they’re involved in, and to be honest this is where they excel, take the example of the Prince’s Trust. Important not to under-estimate this ambassadorial role for stuff that matters.
So I’ve painted a pretty picture of the Monarchy, now it’s time to flip the argument.
First of all there’s the cost, to fund their living this year it cost us £32.3m. That’s right, the tax payer pays for them to swan around in their oversize bulletproof Bentley’s, whilst onlookers eagerly await in the rain, for that limp wrist to twist around and address them. So there’s the cost and although the Queen may be a constitutional monarch, in which she’s the head of the state, her roles are mostly just symbolic, as she occasionally represents Britain in her state visits – so her holidays are covered as well?
The Royal family aren’t elected, which can be seen as undemocratic. They inherit their status and for this to apply to a nation that’s so heavy on encouraging democracy it may be seen as hypocritical, this isn’t an issue worth getting work up over, but it’s just another factor that makes royalty seem fairly pointless. All a bit dated really, and just because we’ve had a royal family for so may generations doesn’t mean it’s still relevant today, there was a time when things worked without royal families before, too.
I’m not going to reveal my own opinion on the matter, that’s for you decide. But I will leave you with this; it’s estimated they cost the taxpayer approximately 52p each year, so would you rather have those pennies to indulge in an extra chocolate once a year, or does the prospect of a extra day off here and there favour you?
The anthem got me thinking…
I can’t turn away from the Olympics and after watching the footy the other day, it came to my attention the anthem used to represent all four nations is God Save The Queen.
Fair enough if this was a collective song for Britain, but it’s not. When the Welsh and English rugby lads meet, you don’t hear a joint rendition of the same song, do you? No, you hear two countries respectively blast out their own anthem – imagine the uproar if the Welsh GB players turned said “Why don’t we all sing the Welsh anthem at the start of this match?”
The English would go mad, so what’s the difference? There needs to be an anthem for all four nations, it’s all about equality and right now, the arrogance from the English is quite disturbing.
Another point worth mentioning…although it’s not often reached the fourth verse reads “rebellious Scot to crush” just thought that’s worth mentioning!
Do you think we should change the English national anthem? What would your British anthem be?