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Old 05-18-2018, 12:25 AM
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Angry My taxes are paying for this!

We are in France at the moment and I had the misfortune to see UK television this morning. I expected some features on the upcoming FA Cup match tomorrow but no, we were regaled with the minute details surrounding the wedding of a benefit scrounger to a minor American actress and I saw red!
They dissected every facet of the tax payer funded junket,.the cake, the dress, the flowers the ring.We also saw loads of idiots, I can only think that they were on weekend release from various mental institutions,that have been camping out along the route to see this pair of scroungers.
I am now 72 years old, I served in the forces,I have worked all of my life until retirement and paid my taxes. I provided for a pension,not a big one but enough to get by.
I NOW HAVE TO PAY TAX ON MY PENSION!!! and see it frittered away on this useless family who for some inexplicable reason has been set up to rule over us! Are they cleverer than us? Are they better than us in any way? What feats of courage,philanthropy or indeed leadership have they demonstrated to justify their position? Charles at 71 still waiting to get a proper job,Andrew a serial scrounger, Edward a RM failure and drop out, Anne the arch snob. And their useless spouses and offspring?
They are no more than the lead figures in the theme park of tourism. We do not need them, The French solved a similar problem years ago.

And breath.
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:50 AM
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This might calm you down a bit: Royal wedding 2018: Who's paying? - BBC News

Also, read these to understand how royal finances work:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finances_of_the_British_royal_family
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_list

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_Grant_Act_2011

The abolition of the Civil List was announced in the spending review statement to the House of Commons on 20 October 2010 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. In its place, he said, "the Royal Household will receive a new Sovereign Support Grant linked to a portion of the revenue of the Crown Estate". The Crown Estate is a statutory corporation, run on commercial lines by the Crown Estate Commissioners and generates revenue for HM Treasury every year (an income surplus of £210.7 million for the year ended 31 March 2010).[9] This income is received by the Crown and given to the state as a result of the agreement reached in 1760 that has been renewed at the beginning of each subsequent reign. The Sovereign Grant Act 2011received Royal Assent on 18 October 2011. Under this Act, the Sovereign Grant now funds all of the official expenditure of the monarchy, not just the expenditure previously borne by the Civil List.
The only costs our taxes will be covering for this are those for policing/security. These are far less than those paid out each weekend to cover football matches, and this is going to a be a popular event for people who probably don't go to football matches for the most part.

Having said all that, I won't be watching or attending...

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Old 05-18-2018, 05:11 AM
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Not really calming.

What hard work do these useless lot do to justify their lofty position?

They have not earned one penny of their wealth, and before any parallels are drawn, "commoners" (what a disparaging term!) who inherit wealth can lose it. The Royal income is protected EVEN IF PROFITS FROM THEIR CROWN ESTATES FALL.

I am sure that if we got rid of them as an institution,we would hardly notice any loss. The ceremonial and palaces would remain for the tourists.
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Originally Posted by Heinz '57 View Post
Not really calming.

What hard work do these useless lot do to justify their lofty position?

They have not earned one penny of their wealth, and before any parallels are drawn, "commoners" (what a disparaging term!) who inherit wealth can lose it. The Royal income is protected EVEN IF PROFITS FROM THEIR CROWN ESTATES FALL.

I am sure that if we got rid of them as an institution,we would hardly notice any loss. The ceremonial and palaces would remain for the tourists.
Not true, they have private wealth (which is what's being used to pay for the wedding) which can be invested and lost. See the accounts of the Crown Estates to see what a small percentage they take.

You need to go back to 1066 to really understand...
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"The level of the Sovereign Grant is protected by law from decreasing as a result of falling Crown Estate revenues."

From 2012 n0t 1066
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https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/our...l-information/

We have generated £2.6 billion for the Treasury over the last ten years.
And relaaaaxxxxxx...
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Subtract the cost of security for Brenda, Phil the Greek and their offspring and grand offspring that would not have been needed had we got rid of them,the cost of the military stationed in London to carry out ceremonials.
I am sure that there is more but all of this has made me sleepy so I am off to have my Horlicks and an early night to refresh myself so that I can hurl invective at the TV tomorrow!
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Did you remember the cost of the ceremonial swords the military in London carry on a daily basis?

kept me employed for 4 years and gave me some fantastic life experiences they did
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Wilkinson in Solingen I presume.
Home territory for me, Born in S.-Ohligs and raised in S.-Mitte for a few years.
Military accoutrements probably accouny for a big chunk.
Can we all have a cavalry escort for our children's weddings as we pay for them?
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OK, SWMBO has the scroungers wedding on. I cannot believe the religious nut addressing the crowd of hangers on. Someone should have told him that he was in Windsor GB not Mudwallow Alabama.
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