With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion
Joined In Matrimony
The Latest Royal Event
October 12, 2018, Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, married Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
It was a mild but windy Friday as the rich and famous arrived at Windsor Castle.
Ms Sarah Ferguson was her usual bubbly over-enthusiastic self looking good dressed in a bright green outfit that complimented her red hair perfectly. The mother of the bride, just like most women, was noticeably proud of her daughter.
Mr Brooksbank is reportedly Eugenie’s long term partner leaving me to question the need for this costly extravagant Royal Wedding.
Surely a cheap and cheerful registry office ceremony to tie-the-knot would have sufficed?
However much as our beloved royals sometimes balk at press intrusion their very survival depends on good publicity.
Eugenie is ninth in the line of succession to the throne but slipping down it fast as others marry and have children.
Cost Of This Wedding
Princess Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, paid for the majority of costs surrounding this wedding including the ceremony, food, drink, dress and reception but hold that thought - as he receives money via taxpayers we the people have in effect paid for much of his daughter’s wedding.
Then there is the huge cost of security surrounding this wedding attended by a smattering of celebrities and royals.
Early estimates are that the cost of security for this wedding is around $2.3 million.
With little transparency when it comes to the funding of royal events it is difficult to get a clear picture but directly and indirectly taxpayers in the U.K. are funding yet another royal wedding and they have no choice in the matter
It is obvious that British taxpayers have once again forked out a small fortune for yet another Royal wedding.
If the Royal family continue marrying and breeding at this rate it will be one growth industry in the U.K.
The Wedding For Those Interested
Let Them Eat Cake Moment
While Eugenie’s nuptials were big news in the U.K. today they shared the top spot with the latest news about the roll out of Universal Credit.
The idea for Universal Credit resulted from cross party working, designed to simplify the benefits system not make claimants poorer. However it is doing the latter.
Tory M.P. Iain Duncan Smith created Universal Credit so perhaps people should have seen the writing on the wall sooner.
This benefit was rolled out in selected areas increasing poverty and hardship. The Tory government is however still committed to rolling out Universal Credit across the country in spite of warnings.
Former Tory P.M. John Major and former Labour P.M. Gordon Brown have both warned this week that Universal Credit could cause widespread civil unrest.
John Major has warned that, as it stands, Universal Credit could be Theresa May’s governments Poll Tax moment. People hated the Poll Tax so much that there was civil unrest and protests on the streets until the Thatcher government did an about turn and scrapped that hated tax.
Universal Credit Loans
This week I have read many reports regarding the introduction of Universal Credit. Here is one example-
A man aged 64 is being moved from his current benefit onto Universal credit meaning he will receive no money for five weeks.
There is one option available and that is to take a loan offered by the D.W.P., Department of Works and Pension.
This man will reach the age of 65 in December and in March will be eligible for his state retirement pension.
If he takes out the loan he will have to pay it back out of his paltry pension.
Universal Credit was supposed to make things easier for some of the most vulnerable people in Britain. Rather than having to claim for a series of specific benefits the scheme would enable people to make one claim and be assessed for the new Universal Credit.
However, the Chancellor of the Exchequer raided the pot of money set aside for Universal Credit and the system was subsequently negatively tweaked more than once.
The amount of Universal Credit you receive depends on your personal circumstances. The following offers a rough idea of what you may receive.
It has been difficult to avoid royal wedding and universal credit news today.
Like plenty of other British people I am not a fan of our Royal Family. However live and let live, and there are still many royal fans in the U.K. and beyond.
However, in spite of the wedding fanfare on news channels today the crowds were not out in force.
That could have been down to the windy weather, because Princess Eugenie is not a star player in the royal family or even royal wedding and news fatigue.
However, many people have complained about the cost of this wedding.
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, continues to squeeze the poor and vulnerable beyond what is even common decency, yet there is always money for royal events.
Hammond is actually in Bali today, where he addressed the International Monetary Fund annual meeting. Therein lies another story.
People are getting increasingly angry about the ever-widening divides in the U.K. between north and south, young and old, rich and poor and privileged and ordinary.
So you will have to excuse me if I could not careless about Eugenie’s wedding.
There is much more important news today and people are hurting.
Making The Poor Worse Off
What Will Be The Final Cost Of This Wedding
Whatever Princess Eugenie’s parents pay toward this wedding is their business, at least in part.
If people were allowed freedom of information requests they may discover that British Taxpayers, directly and indirectly, funded most of this wedding.
Ahead of the big day the Daily Express reported -
Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding has sparked more fury after it emerged it will cost an extra £250,000 for a clean-up operation
Little wonder some people are angry.
Universal Credit And Royal Wealth
- Princess Eugenie's £2m wedding bill should be paid by her father, Labour MP demands | The Independen
Princess Eugenie’s reported £2m wedding bill – which is being footed by taxpayers – should be paid by her father, a Labour MP has said. Chris Williamson has demanded the “fabulously wealthy” Prince Andrew, Duke of York, stump up for the mammoth chit
- Universal credit tips poor into hardship, says charity | Society | The Guardian
Joseph Rowntree Foundation says cuts, debts and housing costs push poor over the edge
- John Major: Universal credit could repeat poll tax problems - BBC News
The former Tory PM says the flagship welfare reform could lead to "deep political trouble".
- Universal credit? If Iain Duncan Smith is an architect of anything, it’s misery | Marina Hyde | Opin
Universal credit is already causing hardship to millions, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde
Modern British Royalty
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© 2018 Ethel Smith
Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on November 15, 2018:
Thank you Nick appreciated
Nick Bishop on November 13, 2018:
What an interesting, truthful and great article
Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 29, 2018:
Thanks for that RTalloni
The msm is full of how wonderful the royals are but times have changed. Perhaps princes and princess only really belong in fairy stories not the real world
RTalloni on October 26, 2018:
The idea of fairytales, princes, and princesses will rope in the rest of the world every time, but that does not change the truth, does it? We hear of the interest of younger royals in improving society's ills, but one does wonder where the sacrifices to accomplish it can be seen.
The same is true with American politicians and wealthy entertainers. They may give to their causes, but it's often funneled to their politicians so they can fight among themselves, dupe their followers, and promote their positions while living quite comfortably. Few politicians will create tax breaks or not take wages so they can serve in a less self-serving manner, but those are a drop in the bucket.
It's good to begin discussions in which there is opportunity to look at such issues from angles we haven't quite thought completely through, as well as to learn new information, and also to try to understand where others are coming from on them. Thanks for opening this one up.
Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 26, 2018:
I often see positive reports about our royals coming from countries like the USA but we live with them and their extravaganzas.
RTalloni on October 25, 2018:
A look at the reality of details often gives us a chance to reassess how we view situations. What you describe is quite common...many American politicians and other elite are well known for their extravagant lifestyles paid for by taxes. While opposing capitalism and promoting welfare styled programs that keep people in bondage to their decisions about income, health care, and more they amass more wealth that they use to protect their properties and interests. It's very interesting to take an honest look at the picture and think it all through.
Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 15, 2018:
Yes have already posted a few thoughts. It is comgratulations but.....
Liz Westwood from UK on October 15, 2018:
You will no doubt be pleased to hear today's news that the Sussexes will be welcoming a new baby prince or princess in the Spring.
Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 15, 2018:
Thanks Liz. I usually manage to aboid these events though might catch a highlight. This was all over day time TV. Grrrrr
Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:
This is a fascinating, well-written and thought-provoking article. I have to confess that, being aware of your political leanings, I was a liitle surprised initially at your subject matter. I hadn't thought of you as a royalist. But all became clear as I read further. I have to admit that I had no intention of watching the wedding and having heard of Prince Andrew's annoyance at the BBC turning down the screening rights, I didn't even expect it to be on the TV. But we found ourselves killing time before check out in a hotel and my husband came across the ITV coverage. To be honest I started watching when I realised the Archbishop of York was there. I was expecting him to preach. Having enjoyed the American preacher at the previous royal wedding, I was hoping for another rip-roaring talk from Sentamu, who has a reputation for being a lively character. But I was sadly disappointed and left agreeing with you. Definitely the first time I have heard a sermon based on a quotation from "The Great Gatsby". Call me old-fashioned, but I expect church sermons to be bible-based!
Ethel Smith (author) from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 13, 2018:
Thanks Peggy. It was pushed here on every news channel and more. But as our country becomes ever more divided it seems to me they are pushing their luck. Thoughts with those affected in Florida
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2018:
I continue to learn more about UK politics because of reading your posts. The royal wedding was not covered here (at least I did not see it) probably because of our own politics regarding the Supreme Court newest Justice and the recent hurricane which damaged so much of the Florida coastline and impacted many other states as well. Our elections are about to happen so we are also immersed in politics here in the U.S.