Monday, 6 November 2017

God Save the Queen

On this day, in 1975, the Sex Pistols performed for the first time, supporting a band called 'Bazooka Joe', apparently. Wonder what happened to them?

Anyway, on THIS day, this one now, in 2017, we learn that the Queen (to whom we pay our taxes) is numbered among the many thousands revealed by the #paradisepapers to be... what? avoiding? evading? To be doing whatever the term for legally getting round paying her own, or some of her own, tax liability.

I find that ironic, given some of mine goes (in the form of the civil list) to her.

And if, for a moment, we can just at least raise a slight question about the monarchy (I've got battle scars for this having been denounced by the Daily Mail for doing so) might I just make one point, which is this. It seems awfully unfair to collect them, be paid a stipend from them, and not fully pay them. Doesn't it?

I know, I know, she's a wonderful lady, an inspiration, did great things in the war and no, I don't want an elected president and I DO think the tourist dollar is vital (not that they'd stop coming if the Queen wasn't Queen-ing)... Let's keep the monarchy, I say. But let's not pay for it.

And while we're about it, ma'am... let's make sure we all pay our way, shall we?


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