Worth every penny and more. They bring more than they take into the country and are far cheaper than elected ambassadors. Now how much do the members of Parliament cost each of? bet it's more than 66 pence. :thumright:
I am a monarchist, but what is the alternative - President Blair?
Just think how much that would cost!
Somebody should also do a costing on the Royal Yacht - how many big contracts were won for the UK and UK workers when the vessel was used (rightly so to) as a marketing tool?
I promise you, a President as head of state would cost more than HM does. People must also remember that places like Windsor Castle belong to the state so even if we did have a President you would still be paying for the upkeep etc.
Yeah like gordon Broone et al!! Believe me fink i worked at the seat of government for 5 years and can tell you that they waste money like its going out of business whilst people are living in cardboard boxes half a mile away on the strand!!
ex_rubberdagger, I have no doubt that they do but we can get rid of them and as Aitkin and those other toads whose names escapes me at the moment found out they are accountable, the Windsorâ€™s are not, ye gods they do not even pay all the taxes that they should; do you think that is acceptable?
I don't think a good reason to keep them is that they bring tourist money into the country.
At the moment they provide an unelected head of state with little or no power, purely a figurehead. It cannot be denied that their past was bloody and land grabbing, often for purely personal gain. Neither are they of pure British stock, in fact far from it.
I personally think this is an evasion of responsibility on the part of the people who should be taking more of part in the running of the country.
Here in Spain there is a constitutional monarchy, but, the principle difference is that there is a constitution; a document which states quite clearly in its' first paragraph 'The power of the state lies with the people'..
The Spanish royal family the Borbons (famous for their biscuits!!) are no more of direct Spanish lineage than the Windsors are British.
I am sure though that if it was the overwhelming wish of the British people that the state becomes a republic then the royal family would honour that wish.
It is up to the people to decide which way they want to go and they should, in due time, be given that right to decide. The last chance, back in the 17th century was fluffed and the next one will take strong conviction and no fluffines to, just perhaps, get it right.
Air Force One is a Boeing VC-25, a 747 variant costing about $325million a pop.
Marine One is actually a whole fleet of helicopters, most of which are Sea Kings / Whitehawks, as I don't know the number of helicopters involved I couldn't come to a figure for cost. However, the Sea King/Whitehawk fleet is due to be replaced with the EH101 Merlin at an estimated cost of $11.2 BILLION.