Monday, 1 December 2014
The Palace Pulls Up The Drawbridge
It wasn’t so long ago HM The Queen - Lizzie or Queenie in this part of her domain - announced her intention to make the royalty business much more open and transparent in keeping with the mood of the moment. The Prime Minister immediately added the clause to the Freedom of Information Act in an attempt to show that Lizzie wish was his command.
Some applauded her sentiment and understanding of the public’s views. Some didn’t and I was one of them. Being a bit of a cynic my first thought was ‘Why?’ The answer seemed to be she was responding to her critics who question the necessity for her family to be subsidised by public money when they’re one of the richest families and landowners in the United Kingdom. Must keep the sheeple happy.
Today I discovered Lizzie’s largess with her public information files is to be withdrawn immediately. Nae mair news frae the Palace. Nae mair leaks of questionable correspondence between the royals and their subjects. What are the London elite going to talk about over their candlelit dinners now? I suppose there’s always Bob Geldorf or Bono or another celeb of limited talent well past their sell-by date.
Why the rush for another revision of the FoI Act? The old adage ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ springs to mind. Someone’s been naughty, really naughty and we ought to be told; after all we pay handsomely for their luxurious lifestyles.