Goodbye and good riddance. I just hope the next one is no worse!
Last edited by leghk; 17-06-2008 at 02:58 PM. Reason: addition
Before you start ranking people in order of the "all time worst", you probably need to give it a little time to put a frame of reference on the subject.
It also helps to know your history.
Don't get me wrong, I don't exactly head up the Bush fan club of Hong Kong, but many people like to run their mouths without knowledge of history or policies. And yes, he was "elected" TWICE! Which means that the democrats couldn't defeat someone who is clearly "mentally challenged" for 8 years! What does that say about opposition or the state of the country and her people?
The Queen technically owns the Crown Estate with holdings of £6 billion; however, the income of this is transferred to the Treasury in return for the civil list payments. In addition, the Queen is paid with an annual salary of £12 million, this of course comes from government funds, which comes from taxes and other financial resources.
Buckingham Palace accounts reveal that the Queen and the Royal Family cost each British taxpayer 60p per year (£35m a year, which, split between every British man, woman and child). What does 60p cover? Well 0.6p goes directly to Prince Philip, about £ 0.3million. It also upholsters Buckingham Palace, heats Windsor Castle, buys stationery - though the Queen is on email - pays staff salaries, entertains dignitaries and fuels the royal trains, planes and automobiles.
The Queen's personal fortune has been estimated at around US$500 million (£280 million). Her personal art collection is worth at least £10 billion, but is held in trust for her successors and the nation. The Queen also privately owns large amounts of property that have never been valued, including Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle. Press reports, upon the death of the Queen Mother, speculated that the Queen inherited estate worth around £70 million. Furthermore there is control and ownership of the Duchy of Lancaster, which is valued at £310 million and transferred a private income to the monarch of £9.811 million in 2006.
Note: The British royal family are on salaries as well by performing royal duties and representing the Queen at different social events and royal engagements throughout the year.
ohhh well we certainly couldn't do without royal duties couldn't we? The country would go into chaos and never recover.
By the way the cost of maintaining former presidents is less than the 40 million pounds you quoted and if you care to do the division using US taxpayers it would be even lower.
The British royal family is a good thing for Britain and if it only costs 60p per person then also a good investment.
Unlike ex-US Presidents which are more of a nuisance regardless of their cost.
France 75 million visitors... no royal family
Britain 25 million visitors
Is it the food?
Some of the former presidents are quite useless, Jimmy Carter seems to have tried to make an impact...
The royal's impact besides being tourists attractions and tabloid fodder?
Come on...let's hear it for the good deeds besides being rich and infamous!
At least Bush is trying to make a difference, a horrible one but he's had an impact.
I'm proud to say that I have NEVER voted for him (and I did vote). Count me in the group who prefers "differently bad."