Bruce Woodhouse posted:
I have been trying to get my head around my ambivalence, or rather mild hostility to this lovely scenic pageant in the sunshine.
I have concluded it was a conjunction of three of my least favourite things. Royalty, Religious establishment, and the Military.
All of which seem to share hypocrisy, inequality, elitism, a failure to modernise and...well you get my drift.
I guess Harry and his brother at least had relatively ‘real’ military careers (unlike the previous generation) but did they have to appear in uniform?
I am more than ever a passive republican. I do not wish to burn down the Palace or behead the Queen but I think I would be quite happy if they all just drifted off or at the very least downsized in every possible way; preferably before Charles gets to do or say more stupid things.
I genuinely hope the couple enjoyed everything about their day, after all I paid for some of it. Do I get a slice of the cake?
I think the income from the Crown Estates more or less balances the Civil List. So the taxpayer isn’t put to any great expense, if any.
The security cost for today will probably be bourne by the taxpayer. I think Thames Valley Police and others have indicated c. £6.7m which averages out at about 10p per head of the U.K. population.