‘Out of touch & out of time’: Angry Brits react to pomp & ceremony of Queen’s Speech
Queen Elizabeth has delivered a post-election speech opening Parliament, but not all were enthralled by the pageantry of the occasion, many complaining on Twitter about poverty, homelessness and the ‘out of touch’ monarch.
New figures from the Shelter charity earlier this week showed that more than 280,000 people will be homeless on Christmas Day in England alone — up 23,000 since 2017. The numbers are a conservative estimate, too, since they don’t reflect those who are couch-surfing or living in sheds and tents, the charity said.
Needless to say, plenty of anger was directed toward the 93-year-old monarch on social media as she arrived to the Houses of Parliament in a Bentley, and laid out Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s program for government from atop a golden throne.
A billionaire pensioner will tell you today austerity is working. #QueensSpeech— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) December 19, 2019
Queen sits on throne worth £25M, wearing hat worth £3.6M from stolen jewel collection worth £3.6B to introduce the coming year's austerity policies from a corrupt govt who've made 300k families homeless this Xmas & left 1.9M OAPs in poverty. Proud to be British? #QueensSpeech— RD Hale 🌹 (@SkyeCity_) December 19, 2019
Another described the event as a “parade of diamonds, furs, pomp, circumstance and privilege in Parliament whilst the nation has record levels of homelessness and poverty.”Also on rt.com 'C**ts Are Still Running the World' could be UK Christmas No 1 after Tory win
In fact, the Queen opted for a more toned-down look during Thursday’s event, forgoing a crown and ceremonial robes and wearing a hat and day dress instead, her last speech to Parliament having been delivered only two months ago.
On that occasion, she wore a crown adorned with 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls, and arrived to Parliament in a horse-drawn carriage. An even fancier crown estimated to be worth £3.6 million was by her side during both speeches.
The pomp and circumstance of having a monarch's crown driven to parliament in a secure cavalcade while people are dying in homelessness, universal credit, and poverty. #OpeningofParliament#QueensSpeech#ToryBritain— ✊🚩 Andrea Murray 🚩✊ (@AndreaMurray67) December 19, 2019
I must agree, outdated, out of touch and out of time now, the queen by herself could alleviate the countries problems with all that wealth, if I was in that position I would be, so what is stopping her?— John. E #JC4PM2019 (@hermit82857782) December 19, 2019
Meanwhile, Shelter charity chief executive Polly Neate said Tuesday that thousands of families will spend Christmas day “trapped in grotty emergency B&Bs, with no space for children to sit and eat, let alone play.”
Across Britain, it’s estimated that about 135,000 children will spend the holiday without a home, the highest number in 12 years. Shelter blamed the crisis on a lack of affordable housing and the fact that housing benefit has been frozen since 2016.
This is the third day of fancy dress flummery, ceremonial, cap-doffing, bowing and oath-swearing in Parliament. And MPs have the audacity to say the country needs to improve its productivity! #QueensSpeech#BBCNews#PoliticsLive@BBCPolitics— Briefcase Michael (@BriefcaseMike) December 19, 2019
Over 10 years of Conservative Party rule, homeless figures in Britain shot up 39 percent. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament Tuesday that tackling the crisis would be a part of his “huge agenda of delivering social justice.”
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