The following is excerpted from the 10th September blog post “Royal babies, Mojang to be bought & when the best is not the always “the best”.
Normally I reblog the entire blog post. But today I’m breaking from habit in order to bring just the first part of Tim’s insightful (and very British) look at the Windsors which follows the social justice theme many regular readers to this blog see repeated in my own social commentaries. In a time where “entitlements” is a political hot button in the United States, Tim’s own reality check about the royal family speaks volumes as to who is really entitled to what and what is truly fair in a “civilized” society.
Breaking news – Kate Middleton has morning sickness…..
The UK as a rule is very quick to jump on a “welfare state” bandwagon when the public feels someone is getting an easy ride. Thankfully I’ve never needed welfare/benefits at any point in my life, but I fully support the facility to be there for those in need. The press make a very good job of demonizing those on benefits and whilst there are a minority of cases where there has been abuse/fraud of the system, the vast majority of people don’t get the “easy life” that is promoted in the press and certainly are not in that position by choice. Talking of the easy life though, there’s one family who every tax payer in the UK already pay a lot of money for. There’s one family who not only get the best in life – an almost private health care service from the NHS, get driven around, have their own security and will never want for anything in their lives. Who? The Royal Family of course.
Now lets just stop any difference of opinion right now. You think the Royal Family earn their keep with tourism et al? Check out the costs to look after the Royal Family (and its extended family) for one month. If the Royal Family pays for itself (allegedly) why not privatise them? Let them fund themselves, after-all if they make so much money for the UK it should be easy. Thats the best of both worlds, the UK keeps its Monarchy without the burden to the tax-payer.
I digress, the news I’m commenting on today is the impending new arrival of Kate and William. One could almost be forgiven that morning sickness in pregnant ladies didn’t exist before Kate had it. And maybe it doesn’t? Maybe out of all the pregnant ladies around the world feeling sick in the morning are mere pretenders to the one true case of morning sickness in Kate – afterall she is getting Doctors to her home. I remember back to when my wife had morning sickness, she was told to get on with it. She certainly didn’t have a doctor “treating” her at our home. But then as I say, maybe Kate has the only “real” case on the planet.
I wonder, do you think you would get the same service from the NHS should you find yourself in a similar situation? No. I wouldn’t think so. Maybe your sickness is not really morning sickness as Kate has the only real case, or maybe its just you are not as “important”?
The new addition to the Royal Family is not just another mouth for the tax-payer to feed, it will be the beginning of a further extension to the families demands for money. Consider that if the child gets married, we now have an obligation to another family for protection, further swelling the size of the financial burden. How far out does the tax-payers “duty of care” stretch with the Royal Family? I’d say very far and its tentacles will reach far and wide into the pocket of those in the UK especially when you consider the “special arrangements” for members of its extended family.
So please, don’t expect me to be “over the moon” with the announcement of more cost to tax-payers and please if you are a Royal supporter, don’t dare comment negatively about those on benefits – you are happy to fund the mammoth cost of the Royal Family.
Personally, I think people needing help from state benefits are far more deserving of my money than a Royal Family.