Are the British the dumbest folk on this planet? (There are many competitors, and the jury is still out.) I noticed a news crawler announcing that the “royal” family costs taxpayers 36 million pounds. On top of that, they pay little or no taxes, making them some of the richest people in the country. How’s that for a good deal? Of course, their supporters claim that all tourist income is a direct result of this circus act. Have they not noticed that there are better reasons for visiting that country? Many countries have equal or greater tourist numbers without having a bunch of clowns ripping off tax-payers.
I noticed an interesting headline in the Daily Mail about a new book on Hitler’s alleged wealth. It suggested that he dodged millions in taxes.
This made me pause and think. Can you imagine some tax guy confronting a ruthless dictator about his tax liability?
Do dictators even pay tax? The English queen does not (she is paid from tax revenues), so I do not imagine Adolph feeling any urge to support “his” nation with a donation. The “royal” family might take a hint from the old boy and charge for the use of likenesses….except they probably do already.
When I become one--either dictator or queen--I will not pay any tax...
Although few would admit to such an opinion in public, most know that the first born son of the old lady living in Buckingham Palace in London is not the sharpest pike in the throne room. This guy has been known to open his mouth and reveal what little is computing upstairs.
He and his father are known for speaking before thinking...or just speaking.
Republicans (those are British folks that want to end the monarchy) are raging over the latest gaff by the leading freeloader. Not having learned much in history lessons, he has compare President Putin of Russia to Adolph Hitler. If he meant that both were elected by a majority of each country’s citizens, then he would be correct. But, he was not. He was confusing events in Crimea.
This is from a guy whose ancestors sent armies and navies around the world to plant their flag and plunder whatever country in which they set foot. He should know a thing or two about taking over a territory, but nothing about the will of the people. I wonder if, should Scotland decided to leave “Great” Britain, he will try to raise an army and march north...as his ancestors did.
The biggest story in British media yesterday was the government decision not to increase salaries of nurses. There has been a great deal of criticism of health care in that country, so the hardest working group is being singled out to suffer. Politicians and managers, who are to blame, remain unscathed. The country had returned to the time of Dickens, when the working class was punished for doing their job.
Of course, politician and bureaucrat pay will be increased. I do not understand why there is not a revolution...
God save the Queen...who is the richest woman in the land...and pays no taxes, but receives money from taxpayers.
I wrote the other day about another inanity filling the media in England (I know that I should write Great Britain, but insist on using the two terms interchangeably. I do not care about protocol...which brings me to the subject).
What happens if Kate Middletown, now Mrs. Wales, or duchess of something and princess of something else does not “curtsy” (dumb word) to “blood princesses”? (Why do I think of “bloody” princesses?) Will one or the other run crying to the Queen? Will the prettier one be locked in the tower, as was Jane Grey (look up that one!) or Anne Boleyn? Will they cut her clothes allowance? Will her husband refuse to become King (if the royalty survives with his father pottering around the country)?
For such a serious transgression of national security, punishment must be swift and harsh. The entire fabric of society is in danger of rending, if a mere commoner is allowed to get away with disrespect to such hallowed souls as the children of Fergie or whatever inbred spawn of some dusty title.
Regular readers, if at all perceptive and/or paying attention, will have noticed my love-hate relationship with England, Great Britain, London, etc.
Most of writings have been rants about the hate side, so I feel the need to add a bit of balance. (After all, I am not like Fox News!)
An elderly lady, aka The Queen, has been receiving an unusual amount of attention this week. Seems like she is unable to retire, perhaps because of the economy, and keeps trucking away at living in her bubble, costing taxpayers a bundle, waving to crowds, and reigning over a dysfunctional family.
Anyways, I must write something positive about the English, which was sparked by brief glimpses of a big concert last night on the front drive of her London home. A bunch of folks showed up to hear much of Britain's and the Commonwealth's musical talent. This is something they do well, and have done so for years. All songs were from the past, with one exception: something written to commemorate the occasion. Most, if not all songs, seemed to appeal the crowd, but might not have been familiar to someone living in the past, by which I mean the Victorian Age.
Back to positive comments...In my opinion, the English are the best at staging, lighting, camera work, and television graphics (not to mention advertising, which is another topic for another day...perhaps). The show was a spectacle, which few, if any other country could replicate (without stealing bits from the Brits or hiring them to do it).
Of course, we all know that creativity has its roots in rebellion. The best (perhaps only) creative talent comes from the non-aristocratic segments of society. The toffs (English word) remain out of touch with reality, so are unable to question, change, or create. The Lady in White might have reigned over the decline of the British Empire, but her subjects rose in the eyes of the world (open ones of discerning folks) in the creative arts. I, for one, have benefited from that trade-off, as have many that suffered from earlier indignities at the hands of Liz's relatives and cronies.
Have you seen the latest photos or video from London?
I am reminded of Fasching (see German Word of the Day archive) in Germany. Men in silly uniforms. How did they earn the decorations weighting down the jackets, which are usually awarded for combat valor. In my opinion, these people denigrate all awards won at war by real soldiers and officers. And, what about the sashes and medallions and thingamajigs? Does anyone take them seriously?
There is certainly a contrast between faux pomp and the declining budget and strength of UK military. The word Potemkin came to mind. Of course, wise people know that the Royal family is a tourist attraction (albeit an expensive one for taxpayers), and not unlike America’s Disney parks. But, Disney character knows that they are dealing in illusion, whereas the Royal family and their masses of hangers-on surely believe the hype.
The Queen of England plans to make her grandson a Knight of the Thistle. That can’t be such a big deal, because thistles grow wild by the side of the road, which means that anyone can pick a “blossom” and and pin it on his or her--yes, her--jacket. It’s that easy to become a knight, which I thought became extinct after the Crusades.
What a bunch of tosh, as the English would say about anything so foolish...but not about this, because they are suckers for such garbage. Neither my mother or grandmother gave me a thistle. For them, that was a weed...which just goes to show the unbridgeable gulf between England and America.
_ This is not about a cruise ship, now lying on its side off the coast of Italy. This is about a sinking country...
I’m sure that Elizabeth (whatever family name she chose for herself) is a nice person, when she is in the privacy of her own home(s). Of course, I think that a queen is a waste of taxpayers’ money (glad I’m not one of them) and a notorious robber baron.
The latest flap is about a call for the government, i.e. taxpayers, to give her a yacht (a really, big one) to mark her 50th anniversary of living off the dole (a rather special one). With money she and her ancestors have extorted from the country and the colonies, she could buy a fleet of super yachts...if she wanted one. Since she has not, she must not. She had to relinquish an old one a few years ago, because taxpayers could not afford the cost. I guess she wants one only if someone else pays.
I was interesting to read that her children support the idea. Duh! Of course they are. Mama is getting on in years, so guess who’ll get to use it the most. Look forward to the cry “The queen is dead, long live the parasites.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.