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The Queen of bludgers

Decades of tax evasion, association with known criminals, attempted fraud – the Queen has an impressive rap sheet writes Rebecca Barrigos in Socialist Alternative

If she were any ordinary person, these offences would have seen her locked up by now. Instead, next week, London will be paralysed in her honour. A flotilla of a thousand ships will sail down the Thames, led by a specially-commissioned royal barge worth £80 million. Local councils will hold events commemorating her to the tune of £400,000. An extra special public holiday has even been set aside to mark the occasion of Elizabeth II’s reign of 60 years.

The Queen on hearing her left over scones would go to starving children.

The Queen on learning that her left over scones would go to feed starving children.

No expense has been spared in preparation of the Queen’s lavish Diamond Jubilee. British paper The Telegraph has reported that the government has already spent £8 million on commemorative medals that will be gifted to police officers, soldiers and other loyal “servants”. The pageant on the Thames alone will cost the State £12 million in security, extra policing and logistics. Incredibly, the royal household has been granted a special fund of £1 million in order to better entertain the Queen’s guests during this period. All of this in the midst of the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s, and all in honour of arguably the world’s biggest parasite!

The Queen has been a drain on the public purse for over 60 years, and this latest anniversary is an outrageous reminder of this fact. The Queen has amassed a personal fortune of $US504 million. Most of her wealth comes from a property portfolio that includes a half dozen castles and estates with a total value of over $US150 million. In addition, she owns a personal collection of art, jewels, and horses valued at $US110 million. Like any modern monarch, she also has considerable investments in blue chip stocks and bonds. Other perks include residing in the most luxurious dwellings imaginable (Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence, is valued at $US5 billion), and enjoyment of the Royal Art collection featuring works by da Vinci and Rembrandt. Incidentally, she also owns every single swan on the Thames.

Yet this obscene wealth and vast inheritance, for which the Queen has not worked a single day in her life, is not enough. She also gets an annual government stipend of £7.9 million. Her husband Prince Philip, another expert bludger, also receives a yearly state salary of around £400,000.

Like most ruling class shits, the Queen has a keen sense of entitlement. While she is the first Royal in British history to agree to pay income tax, she only agreed to start paying in 1992. When, at her mother’s death, the Queen inherited £20 million, she used a special “sovereign to sovereign” indemnity clause which she wrote in conjunction with the Tory government in the 90s to avoid paying any tax on this sum. More recently, she has had the audacity to apply for a government energy subsidy for low-income earners!

An expose in 2010 revealed that the Queen’s aides had badgered ministers about getting a community energy funding grant to heat Buckingham Place and other royal residences. Although the government initially agreed to the request, it embarrassingly reviewed the situation later. The government politely pointed out that it might generate “adverse publicity” for the Royals if they were granted money which had been earmarked to aid the energy costs of public schools and hospitals.

In mid-May, protests were held outside a special Jubilee luncheon at Windsor Palace, where the Queen had gathered a number of world leaders to share in her celebrations. Her guest list included such dictators as the King of Bahrain, who has recently presided over the brutal state killings and arrests of pro-democracy protesters, and notorious tyrant the King of Saudi Arabia. Much of the media coverage of the protests emphasised that the association of the Queen with such anti-democratic figures tarnishes the British monarchy. In reality, the Queen is in fitting company with these autocrats. The British crown has its own rich history of bloody colonialism and brutal repression of resistance movements.

In the Queen’s own time as monarch she has ruled over the continued occupation of Ireland. The treatment meted out by Britain to those who dared resist sectarian Protestant rule in occupied Northern Ireland was brutal enough to provide inspiration for any Arab dictator of today. Several years of occupation, heavy surveillance, policing of working class suburbs and arrests of political dissidents culminated in the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre. British troops killed 13 civil rights marchers in Derry, and shot and injured scores more.

In the same period, Britain reintroduced the disgusting policy of “internment” which involved the holding of Irish political prisoners without charge or trial. In 1971 alone, the British Army jailed 342 dissidents, who were then held in squalor and tortured in hellholes like the notorious Long Kesh prison. Outrageously, in recent times some of these internees have been arbitrarily re-jailed, with the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, a British minister, simply declaring them a “security threat”. It is no wonder that when the Queen travelled to Dublin last year, she was greeted by crowds of anti-imperialist protesters demanding the release of present-day Irish political prisoners, and an end to British occupation.

So when it comes to repressing dissent and abusing human rights, the Queen has plenty of notes to compare with her bosom buddies, the King of Bahrain and other war criminals like Mahinda Rajapaksa, the PM of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa, who has previously been brought before the International Criminal Court for the genocide and disappearances of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, will be a special guest at another grand Jubilee luncheon on 6 June.

It’s not only at state functions that the Queen mingles with dishonourable associates; her own family tree boasts some pretty disgraceful family connections. Elizabeth’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip), is a case in point. He is most known for his remarkable ability to find a racist comment for almost every occasion. On a state visit to China in 1986, he infamously cautioned British exchange students that if they stayed in the country any longer they would all go “slitty eyed”. In 2002 when he visited Australia, Philip asked an Aboriginal man, “Still throwing spears?” and on an earlier tour of Papua New Guinea in 1998 he asked another British student, “You managed not to get eaten, then?”

A few years ago, the Queen’s grandson Harry caused headlines when he attended a fancy dress party dressed as a Nazi. But the costume could well have been a family heirloom, for Prince Philip, his granddad, comes from a long line of Nazi sympathisers. Born a Prince of Greece and Denmark, all of Philip’s four sisters married high-ranking Nazis. His eldest sister, Sophia, was married to an SS colonel who went on to become the chief of Goering’s secret intelligence service. Philip had so many Nazi relatives and friends that to save embarrassment, he was officially forced to restrict the list of guests at his wedding to Elizabeth in 1947.

Upon the publication of a book on the British Royals’ connections to the Nazis in 2006 Philip gave a relatively frank interview in which he explained,

There was a great improvement in things like trains running on time and building [in Nazi Germany]. There was a sense of hope after the depressing chaos of the Weimar Republic…I can understand people latching on to something or somebody who appeared to be appealing to their patriotism and trying to get things going. You can understand how attractive it was.

He went on to disavow that any of his family hated Jews, but he did add, that he does recall there was some “inhibitions about the Jews” in his circle and “jealousy about their success”.

From root to branch the Royal family tree is rotten. The Queen perches above a whole gaggle of racist, warmongering, bludging, ne’er-do-well Royals. This is without even mentioning her deplorable son, Prince Charles. The whole lot of them receive public funding to the tune of £180 million a year which they use to entertain dictators, travel the world in luxury and gamble on horse races as millions of British workers are confronted with the austerity measures, wage cuts and poverty wrought by economic crisis. If there was any justice in the world, the Queen wouldn’t be having Jubilee parades and pageants in her honour this year, she would be stripped of her ill-gotten wealth and forced to live on the dole or miserable poverty pension that is the lot of ordinary Britons.

For more of Socialist Alternative’s coverage of the Queen, see A royal pain in the arse.



Comment from Ross
Time June 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

You sound like a Lyndon La Rouche disciple John.There is no doubt that the Royals are sugary sweet on the outside to cover their treacherous intent.

This is an interesting article by John Martin. The Brits used Ireland from 1625 to 1798 as a source of slaves.Yes white slavery.Many Irish were sent to the Colonies as slaves but Historical embarrasment classified them as indentured servants.

The Irish slaves were sold for less than the black ones.This probably due to their smaller stature and less physical prowess.

Really nice people the Royals.They just want to exterminate most of the world’s population so they can go back to shooting lions and elephants once again.

Those bloody peasants keep wanting freedom and quality of life.The planet just cannot afford to keep us (the elite) and the serfs on par.

Prince Charles said that if there is re-incarnation he’d like to come back as a deadly virus to kill off the masses.This is what the Royals fear The great unwashed masses stealing their power.

One of my ancestors was a convict.He was caught at the age of 12 with his accomplice 11 for stealing a reign of silk and handkerchief.Described as grand theft and larcony.They jailed them for 5 yrs and transported them to Aust in 1828 to work as convicts or slaves.James worked as a stone mason.

Nothing really has changed.We are all just debt slaves now to the very same people.The chains have now been replaced by debt.

Comment from alfred venison
Time June 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

here, here!

Comment from John
Time June 4, 2012 at 3:47 am

No, I don’t have conspiracy theories about the royals and Prince Phillip especially, and I am not anti-semitic. The fascists around la Rouche are not part of my intellectual or political company.

Comment from peterr piper
Time June 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

and you would still wet your frilly panties and curtsy if HM passed by..haha

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

I like the monarchy because they help to maintain our ties to the Commonwealth of Nations.

I think this is far better than the prospect of becoming a Member State of the Chinapoverty of Nations by 2020, being forced to live a peasant’s lifestyle and learning Mandarin.

Comment from alfred venison
Time June 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

dear peterr piper
of course he wouldn’t. people like comrade passant & myself for a start would never be allowed within a cooee of curtsy distance from a royal because our anti-royal demeanour (“bad attitude” to them & you?) speaks oodles before for us. otherwise, we’d literally steal show by telling them (with bystanders’ i-phones on) to get a decent job & make their own beds for once. oh yeah, and submit all their state papers to the national archive forthwith.
yours sincerely
alfred venison

Comment from alfred venison
Time June 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

dear Lorikeet
looks like it’ll be a race between learning madarin from the overloards of the “chinapoverty of nations” or hindi from the overloards of that queenless commonwealth of nations member india. waddaya reckon? where’s the better ticket out of the future australian peasant lifestyle? via chinese madarin & the “chinapovery of nations” or via indian hindi & the “british commonwealth of nations”? don’t kid yourself – the monarchy is a chain to the past not a ticket to the future.
yours sincerely
alfred vension

Comment from Jolly
Time June 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Simply cannot understand how we still get all so excited and quiver with delight at any news of the British royalty. Australia is one of the most developed countries in the globe with great achievements to boast. This came about mostly after the Hawke-Keating and Howard-Costello era; not while we were a British outpost, or a penal colony. We pride ourselves on egalitarianism, opportunities on merit, and cling to our ‘fair-go’ anthem. Yet we find it difficult to free ourselves form the shackles of slavery and abuse from our colonial masters. We bend and stoop and behave obsequiesly before the royals, the very symbol of oppression and class system.
Prince Charles would like to “come back as a deadly virus to kill off the masses”. He also wanted to be a “tampon” to remain close within Parker (his former mistress and current wife). When the royals come a calling, we provide them with gifts bought from our taxes so that the visiting royals could give these away as gifts to some of our own Aussie stooges. What a laugh!! Is there any logic in this? We have the Queen as our Head, yet so obediently we line up with others (Russians, Chinese, etc) for clearance at Heathrow airport whilst the Germans (etc frm the EEC) are given special speedy entry at emigration. We have no shame!!

We probably have been so conditioned that we are unable to believe that we are a great people, free and fair and the need to hold ourselves with deserved pride. There is no longer the need to stoop and grovel at our former oppressors. At least the Americans have pride. Probably that is why the rest of the world gives them (begrudgingly) the respect the Americans deserve.

I am reminded of the situation with domesticated Burmese elephants. All it takes to keep an adult domestic elephant at one spot is to attach a flimsy string (not a rope) from one of its leg to an equally flimsy pole (stick). When questioned why the elephant, as mighty and strong as it is, does not break lose with just an effortless lift of its foot, I was told that it was trained from infancy with a small rope. Now that it is an adult, the elephant has been so conditioned, that it believes that the rope will keep it imprisoned to a spot. That we still marvel, screech, shudder and quiver with delight and subservience around royals is a testament that we are really nothing more than the domesticated elephants of Burma. Our pandering about egalitarianism, national pride and Aussie identity are but empty platitudes reserved for locals by locals. That we are still not a republic is a testament to our slave attitudes from 200 years ago. There is no need to surrender our dignity to any other nation; not to Britan, or the China or India. That some people (‘alfred venison’) suggest, albeit mockingly, about China/India does illustrates our captive. slave mentality. Are we really still a slave nation?

Comment from Jolly
Time June 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Dear Lorikeet
You are a proud Aussie. You know that we are so incapable of standing tall and proud without stretching our hands in bondage to our past oppressing colonial masters. You are utterly fearful and concerned with our future without the royals. You must be so right. How can this nation, “peopled by British criminal outcast, a land with the most fragile natural environment, with less rain than any continent except Antarctica, a country founded on principles of racial discrimination and exclusion and with a diet ‘Ten, Ten, Two, and a Quarter’ … (ie rations)….” ever stand proudly on its own feet?

Yet to-day we are one of the most outstanding democracies in the world with achievements beyond belief. We are the envy of many developed nations and a paradise to poorer nations. All this must have come as gifts from Britain, not via our own dreams, sweat, toil and progressive policies. The outstanding contributions of politicians in our recent past (Hawke-Keating, Howard-Costello) who opened up this xenophobic nation to the world of free trade and commerce, must have come through the dictates of Britain and their ruling class. Hmmm… And you are a proud Aussie to still cling to our oppressive distant past. What a well informed, true Aussie! Keep it up, mate.

Comment from alfred venison
Time June 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

lemme put it this way: the windsor clan of royals only do publicity stunts (trade representations, &c.) for english-british-uk companies – they don’t do publicity stunts for australian companies and they don’t do publicity stunts for canadian companies, for example. they in fact often do publicity stunts for english-british-uk companies that compete with australian & canadian companies. this is of course due to the fact that they are an actual (real) english-british-uk royal family & a virtual (pretend) royal family in australia & canada.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’m not afraid of anything, but I don’t believe that joining an Asia/Pacific Economic Union by 2020 will be beneficial to Australia at all.

The UK has gone backwards since it joined a group of 27 nations to form the EEU and now clearly wants out.

The main aim of EUs is to bring all nations down to the lowest common denominator, so we can be ruled by a corporate neo-communist government, using a Carbon Tax or Carbon Trading Scheme to more rapidly distribute wealth.

It is our departure from performing as a sovereign nation which is causing our continuing economic demise, to which some people seem oblivious.

I suggest that my detractors start reading the various treaties, declarations and agreements that sell us out to the third world, most of which have been signed by Labor politicians since the end of World War II.

I think Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating in particular should probably consider themselves lucky that a lynchmob has not hanged them for treason.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

Sorry, in para 3, I meant “more rapidly redistribute wealth”.

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