Yes, this is a good idea.
Michael Gove has brushed aside Britain\’s economic problems to propose the public donate a new royal yacht to the Queen as a mark of respect during this year\’s diamond jubilee celebrations, according to a confidential letter to fellow ministers.
Why not? At £60 million it\’s just under a £ a head.
However, this is a very bad idea indeed.
Gove ends his letter by suggesting that if insufficient taxpayer funds are available a private donation could be sought,
No. Taxpayer funds are not to be used in such matters. That would be a present from Ministers, who control the disposition of our money (although Ritchie would of course disagree, stating that it\’s rightfully the State\’s money to be used as the State desires), to the Queen.
A present from us to the Queen would be one that is given vountarily. That is, by public subscription.
My doubts about whether £60 million could be raised range from very little to none. It could in fact be done amazingly simply if there were a few KVOs to be handed out.
So, what we need is a banker willing to open an account into which little old ladies can deposit 10 pence, into which captains of industry can vie for a gong with a £100 k (LVO, the KVO being rather more expensive) here or there and someone who knows the second hand yacht market.