|Quoting Truemanqld (Reply 51):|
Less than 20% I believe... so not really that many. The sort of popularity the monarchy has in the UK is quite astounding, roughly equal to the popularity 60 years ago! The ground of it being a waste of money are also very untrue...
Well, Mr Smith and his Republic group had their gathering, they said a 1000, (compared to around a million who were there to see the Queen, enjoy the day), others said they numbered a couple of hundred.
He of course has a right to do this, though he'd never accept it, the Monarch is the ultimate guarantor of this right.
It's true, polling organisations have never known an issue where the numbers have stayed so static, for so long.
To claim that more turn up for Gay Pride or the Notting Hill Carnival completely misses the point and seems rather desperate, still Smith was sensible enough not to claim, as he did for the 2002 Golden Jubilee, that the event would be met with mass indifference and poorly attended, the latter only applied to his group.
I think 60p per year, from each taxpayer, is pretty good value for maintaining this institution.
Unless Mr Smith and his friends intended to conduct theft on a large scale, the exchequer would miss the profits the Monarchy gives to them from their land. This was after all deal that underpins the Civil List, the allowance from government to allow the Royal Family to carry out their duties, after one of her ancestors got in debt and did the deal with Parliament. Parliament knew a good deal, strongly favourable to them in perpetuity when they saw one.
President Branson? President (god help us) Cowell?