God Save Our Gracious Queen….’s Grant!
I sometimes like to think that Queen Elizabeth II is an unusually good Monarch. She is a Queen that portrays herself to be benevolent, liberal and loving. At least, that is what I like to tell myself. Then, there is always poverty and all the world’s dying. That soon brings me back down from cloud cuckoo-land.
Buckingham Palace reports the Queen will receive a 5% increase in her Sovereign Grant. In 2012/13 she received £31m. In the current financial year, she received a whopping 16% increase raking in £36m and next year she is set for another increase of 5% taking her grant funding up to a massive £38m.
Meanwhile, millions of workers are facing cuts and job losses up and down the country as well as our poorest having their benefits stripped away from them with many incomes being either frozen or reduced in the name of the “deficit”. If I was the Queen, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. Maybe not so benevolent, liberal and loving after-all.