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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:04 PM

Boo Hoo! England won't buy Queen new Yacht.



LONDON What do you get for a monarch who has almost everything? Not, apparently, a new yacht, at least not one paid for with taxpayer funds.

That was the message Monday as a brief boomlet of support for the idea of providing Queen Elizabeth II with a new royal yacht to mark her Diamond Jubilee was quickly deflated by Prime Minister David Cameron. It is estimated that a new yacht would cost at least 60 million pounds ($92 million).

Cameron's spokesman Steve Field said it would not be appropriate for public funds to be spent on a new yacht during times of economic hardship. But he said the government would be supportive of private efforts to provide a new ship for the queen.

He acknowledged that ministers have been approached over plans to raise donations for a privately funded vessel and that the government "would react favorably" to a firm plan.

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/16/queen-elizabeth-yacht_n_1208605.html

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:05 PM

1. Good.

She can pay for her own yacht.

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 05:34 AM

2. "Your majesty, the peasants are revolting."

You know the rest.

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 08:43 AM

3. This whole stupid idea came from Michael Gove, our exceptionally stupid Education Secretary

Perhaps the money saved by not buying Lizzie a yacht could be used to buy him a brain!

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:02 AM

6. That puts it in perspective. Dull people tend to come up with goofy ideas like this.

Seems to me you all need an new Education Secretary, though. Education is too important to leave it in the hands of a simpleton.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:01 PM

8. Never was a truer word spoken (deep sigh)

I didn't think we could get a stupider Education Secretary than the so-called Labourite Ruth Kelly from Blair's time; but Gove and his junior Minister Gibb seem determined to beat all records!

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 09:49 AM

4. Has she ever been on either of the existing two?

 

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Response to ohiosmith (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 09:59 AM

5. To be fair there is no evidence this was the Queen's idea. It appears to have been the brain fart

of Cameron's Education Minister, who seems to have allowed his love for the Queen to muddle his thinking.

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