I see that Her Majesty The Queen is demanding her first pay rise in 20 years to plug a looming £6million deficit in the royal household’s finances.
Palace officials have warned the Treasury they need a dramatic rise in the £7.9million annual civil list to maintain spending on state duties. The request is politically explosive at a time when the new coalition is imposing draconian £6billion public sector cuts to bring down Britain’s record deficit.
Why is this “politically explosive”? The allowance afforded to Her Majesty was frozen by Blair in 2000, having been set by Major in 1990. So that is 20 years at the same rate. If politicians think the Royal Fmaily should not get an increase, can they explain why their salaries are not set at 1990 levels.
The Royal Family is one of our greatest assets and Her Majesty thoroughly deserves an increase. I trust Mr Cameron will do his duty.