Skip to comments.Riots cast shadow over plans for Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Posted on 08/11/2011 2:08:48 AM PDT by Niuhuru
There may have been no rioting in the Highlands, but no one has been watching the arson and looting of Britains cities more closely than the Queen.
With fewer than six months to her Diamond Jubilee, when celebrations are planned for the length and breadth of the kingdom, the disorder has alarmed aides planning the extravaganza.
Central to their concern is not just the damage to the countrys image overseas, but also how quickly the feelgood factor engendered by Aprils Royal Wedding has been lost.
From her summer home in Balmoral, the Queen has kept in touch with developments and plans are being put in place for an appropriate royal response to the riots.
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One way to take the fun out of anarchy is to start piling up the bodies of those participating.
The alternative is going to be every man for himself in a primeval fight to the death in the streets while the police run and hide.
I wonder if whether or not they will get to Buckingham Palace and then destroy/loot that. The RF are powerless to order anything to be done, but at the moment the Prime Minister is apparently worthless.
visits to the homes of the participants would also put a stop to it, right quick
I have heard that the 2012 summer olympics is still go over in London.
The Queen has always been a symbol of national unity & cohesion for the UK. Depends on how the Royal Family are advised to respond to recent riots.
Britain was already in serious trouble before the ‘official’ GFC. Its economy is still very fragile; hence David Cameron’s major cut backs on spend. And, now Britain’s international image has also been tarnished.
They can’t afford not to host the 2012 Olympics, since it will bring in tourists and therefore $$$; just as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will.
Hard to say.. it’ll depend on how the situation with riots is managed from now on. Obviously safety will the the #1 issue for all visitors. It isn’t only a matter of law & order. It is also cultural. Though, law & order is an integral part of it. Because there are militant, very organised, anarchist groups right now in Britain, Europe and in most Western countries, who deliberately capitalise on key grievances of the ‘underclass’ & add fuel to fires. They also try to empower & radicalise the youth. The current social & economic climate in Britain further helps their cause.
Elizabeth: Unleash the Corgis.
the modern tri-athalthon
Yes that economic model has worked so well in previous olympics like Greece, Montreal, etc. < /massive sarcasm>
I seem to remember that hosting the olympics always costs considerably more that it generates. What it does however is give an open pipeline from the taxpayers' wallets to the olympic committee and those contractors and locals who are connected to the event. Sort of like taxes - impoverish all a moderate amount and enrich a few a very great deal. It also gives local politicians some great "free" entertainment again at others' expense.
who deliberately capitalise on key grievances of the underclass & add fuel to fires. They also try to empower & radicalise the youth.
These people are called "community organizers."
Making a ‘profit’ immediately during the Olympics was neither stated nor implied.
However, they’ve already made a considerable investment (cost) in building venues, and making related preparations - that’s understood by any model. They will & need to recoup some of the cost, if not break.
Some of the cost will be recouped by, actually, hosting the Olympics & by attracting visitors during the Olympics. Depending on how successfully the Olympics are managed & by association the UK itself is marketed, there is usually a very good chance of repeat visits by tourists to England, if not solely to London. Usually, a period of 12 to 18 months, immediately following the actual event, is projected for repeat visits. And/Or, first time visits for those who watched the event elsewhere but weren’t present in the country. In fact, they could well make a profit over time.
Any money that is brought into the country is a positive, provided it is spent well and/or well re-invested in & for the country.
Naturally, contractors and locals connected to the event will benefit from the $$$, just as hotels, restaurants, stores, and other tourism related industries within the broader sector. I anticipate the media & Telcos will be the other contributors. The former for the exclusive rights to broadcast the event.
Besides, I can’t think of 2 better opportunities for some much required positive PR for the UK in coming months than the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations & the Olympics. Can you?
You are right, some of the Anarchist grps could well be “community organisers” too.
if not break = break even
queen will undoubtedly wait until matters have been more-or-less put under control before saying something. Better to say nothing while there is a good chance whatever she calls for will be ignored.
Supposedly the royal wedding was supposed to generate a huge amount of revenue, but it didn’t. It was heard that it actually hurt the economy since the stores were clsoed and people missed work and the places that were closed missed sales and customers.
An appropriate royal response to the riots might be
“Off with their heads!!”;)
no surprise there
Well, HM (my nickanme for the Queen) is the only one the people will listen to. Second, these riots were brewing for some time, as evidenced by the undercurrent of developing hostility that prompted discussions of whether or not the wedding ceremony should have been moved to the less expensive side chapel (St. George’s Chapel) of Westminster and also postponed. I am surprised really that something didn’t happen during the wedding.
I don’t see how on earth they will be able to hold the Olympics safely if this isn’t just stopped, but that the issues are resolved. If the safety of the teams cannot be guaranteed, then frankly put they have no business holding them. Extra police will not prevent the rioters from starting something or breaking through. It would probably be better if in fact the Jubilee were downgraded to a private celebration.
There are those (ethnically white English too) - in the UK - who are diehard anti-monarchists. But, they are not the main *instigators* of the recent riots, though may well be part of it. That's my assessment based on what I'm hearing from those I know in the UK. The undercurrent behind the recent riots goes back almost a decade, and involves a combination of variables & factors; social, cultural, economic, and political.
Most of Will and Kates wedding bill (cost) were covered by the royal family, themselves. The royal family - incl. HM - pay taxes, hefty ones too. The two families also picked up the tab for the church service, music, flowers, decor, reception and honeymoon. Taxpayers, however, paid the bill for security and street cleaning, only. Re: your post #13, extra day off followed by Easter break & May Day holidays, this article should put things into perspective.
Additionally, "The British media has reported that the various estimates of the total wedding-related revenue, generated through additional retail spending, tourism, and pub sales, ranged from £1 billion to £2 billion. In fact, according to a ballpark figure provided by price comparison website Kelkoo, the sale of royal wedding merchandise and commemorative products such as mugs, plates, pens, compacts, ashtrays, shot glasses, bookmarks, reusable bags, and car flags alone exceeded £0.5 billion." Royal Wedding Benefits
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee & associated direct cost is intended to be met entirely through private donations & sponsorship, not by taxpayers. The gov't will, however, pick up security costs incurred for dealing with crowds. Revenue projections for Olympics and Royal events
I completely agree that safety has to be guaranteed, and riots should be stopped & issues dealt with. We're also still a yr away from the Olympics. Which other country could host the Olympics now or in a yr? About downgrading the Jubilee celebrations, it is a tough call. You see, it isn't & never meant be a "private or personal" celebration! The Jubilee is meant to be very much shared with the public, especially the British public. So, if Britons by majority don't want it, then perhaps it shouldn't be held at all!