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Upcoming Royal Report: What gives better value? The British Monarchy or Starbucks coffee?

Posted by Marilyn on July 5, 2008

Tune in live to the next Royal Report on Sunday July 6th, 2008 9:00PM EST (North America).

The topic will be: A recent report revealed that the British monarchy costs taxpayers 66 pence per year (or about $1.79 CDN). Less than the cost of an iPOD download or a cup of Starbucks coffee. Are they worth it? Would you sacrifice a cup of coffee to pay for them? What gives better value, a Starbucks coffee or the British Monarchy?

One Response to “Upcoming Royal Report: What gives better value? The British Monarchy or Starbucks coffee?”

  1. Royalist said

    Running the Monarchy is actually cheaper than running a presidential system. Why do republicans get upset about the money that is spent on the Monarchy? I have never heard of a republic, where the president would pay for the cost he is producing. Take France, with about the same seize in population. Nicolas Sarkozy costs the French taxpayer 50% more than the Queen costs a British taxpayer.

    And what did Sarkozy do when he come to power last year: He granted himself a 70% payrise. Considering the inflation rate the Queen’s 3% budget rise is actually a loss.
    We don’t want t mention the cost of electoral campaigns that don’t come cheap. This year’s US primaries cost $ 1 billion. With that money you could run the British Monarchy more then 10 years. And don’t say these were all donations. They are tax deductable and in the end it is the taxpayer who pays the bill for the candidates.
    For details of the comparison between the UK and France see:

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