Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Monarchy is a net contributor to the Treasury

A little trite levity, but illustratively educational:

17 Comments:

Blogger English Viking said...

For those who wish to see an end to Monarchy in the country, surely a more sensible and cost-effective solution would be to ged rid of MP's?

22 May 2011 at 17:08  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Enjoyed viewing that, and CGPGrey's "The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained".

22 May 2011 at 17:30  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I might add the tax payer is not subjected to the expense of presidential campaigns .

Interesting idea English Viking , funnily enough with all the farce of portugal borrowing money to bail out greec , I was wondering if we couldnt just scrap the EU , leave the ECB to administer countries contributuons and instead of funding strasbourg/brussels use contribution money to pay off debts , just cut the overheads of the debt so to speak :)

22 May 2011 at 17:43  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Thank you, Your Grace. Furthermore, when did those neu human-rights-mad, egalitarian-talking invaders (the euSSR) last give up power to a Parliament that represents the people?

So... if Farage is right about the 48m a day we give away to the euSSR --- HM relieves us of the burden for more than 3 whole days!

Of course, the enemy might turn round and offer a one-time handout to the People: a mere 1m each is but a grain in the eu desert (:)))))))))!!!. Even so [:) etc.], they couldn't make up for centuries of development we achieved under the system they've subverted, seized, and are twisting to suit themselves.

I'm with nom on this one!

22 May 2011 at 19:10  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Oh - and God bless the Corgis, too :)

22 May 2011 at 19:29  
Anonymous carl jacobs said...

Why does the narrator have an American accent?

carl

22 May 2011 at 19:49  
Anonymous len said...

The Royal Family are a far better investment than the EU who take our money and give us ever more restrictive laws and red tape.

22 May 2011 at 19:59  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Well said Len.

Dump the EU, keep the monarchy at all costs and its win-win, both politically and economically.

Pension off Ken Clarke too. One can only speculate on the corrosiveness of his influence on Dave. It must be like having the ghost of the Traitor Heath seated at every cabinet meeting.

22 May 2011 at 21:49  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

@Carl Jacobs

Because he's an American.

22 May 2011 at 23:19  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

As a republican I have to say that was the best selling job on behalf of the monarchy that I have seen and very entertaining to boot. The most compelling argument was that our historical attractions like palaces and castles are more enticing because of their association with a living monarchy.

Perhaps I was a little hasty in insisting that they live on the minimum wage topped up by Big Society handouts. No a better solution would be to give the Queen a more modest retainer but still enough to keep a couple of crowns in good order and let her parade around in Cinderella coaches a few times a year, which would be enough to keep the tourists happy.

My real gripe is with the monarch as Head of State for which there is absolutely no justification. The Head of State should be elected as they are in most countries and any pretence that the monarch has any role in government abandoned. No more visits to the palace by the PM to keep her (or barmy Charlie) informed. No more curtsying and bowing. No more pantomime of the State opening of Parliament. Democracy works or at least works better than the alternatives so let’s trust it.

23 May 2011 at 09:31  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

Work out the cost of a president, his "hangers-on", and his security. Add to this the cost of maintaining all the ex-presidents with their pension and security. In financial terms, I think any honest assessment will show that the Royal Family are value for money.
In addition, the Military officers swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown, not to some politician/president. It would be far more difficult for a government here to do what is happening in Libya and Syria and employ troops against their own people as senior officers would consider themselves to be loyal to the monarch, not some politician. I think that our Royal Family could be the final defence against dictatorship.

23 May 2011 at 10:32  
Anonymous Vicar Pete said...

Thank you for this video most enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the comparison between stinky French Castle's and glorious British ones illustrated by 2 French castles. The one purporting to be British looks very much like Mont St Michel in Northern France!

23 May 2011 at 14:42  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

EP,

That is my argument for the Hereditary Lords as well.

I ask Mr Davis why we should reduce a wage that hasn't risen in a long time to a group of people who raise the country 5x that which they take? If this happened (especially considering how the monarchy struggle to fund the maintenance of some of our great cultural sites), I would consider it so derisory that I would not quarrel if the Crown ended the deal and kept the money that is rightfully theirs.

You can live in a free capitalist democracy where there are rights of inheritance and property, or you can live in a state where everything is rented from the Government. Don't claim you can be free without property rights. Socialism is the politics of jealousy and greed. You have no right to attack people because they have more than you. Judge a man by what he does, not what he owns.

23 May 2011 at 18:08  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Vicar Pete @ 14.42 said 'The one purporting to be British looks very much like Mont St Michel in Northern France!'

It looks more like St Michael's Mount to this communicant.

23 May 2011 at 21:57  
Anonymous carl jacobs said...

English Pensioner said...

"In addition, the Military officers swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown, not to some politician/president."

This is the Oath of Office that I took. Please point out to me where I swore allegiance to a President or a Politician.

I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

"It would be far more difficult for a government here to do what is happening in Libya and Syria and employ troops against their own people as senior officers would consider themselves to be loyal to the monarch, not some politician."

In fact, Japanese loyalty to the Emperor was the proximate cause of the militarist gov't that took Japan to war in the 1930's. According to the Meiji Constitution the military answered directly to the Emperor. The civil gov't had no power over the Armed Forces. This is why command must be vested in the civil gov't.

carl

24 May 2011 at 01:05  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Thank you for that, Your Grace, brilliant stuff!

It should be shown, in every school, on a regular basis. Perhaps the BBC ought to use it for those 'Potter's Wheel' insertions, when experiencing 'technical difficulties' before 'resuming normal service'?

24 May 2011 at 15:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Egyptians can get such a great arrangement with Mr. Mubarak as well!

26 May 2011 at 11:23  

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