Gut Rumbles

April 09, 2005

i don't give a damn

Celebrities don't impress me. Well, a couple of real good musicians do, just by the way they play, but I could not possibly care less about the love lives, political opinions or deep, philosophical thoughts of movie actors, Hollywood producers, musicians or writers. Most of those people are as dumb as a box of rocks. I don't give a damn what they think or what they do.

I suppose that I really just resent the idea of "royalty" in general. I was raised to believe that I'm just as good as anybody in this world, even if I never see myself on the front page of The National Enquirer. That's why I am unable to muster any giddy excitement about this. May they both live long, happy lives, but I wouldn't feel deprived if I never heard of Prince Charles again.

I would rather watch The Masters.


After living in Burbank for five months, I can categorically say that celebrities don't impress me at all. That said, I was excited as hell to shake hands with the President. That said, I don't understand royalty at all. If the British government is run by parlaiment, why do they still have a royal family and, why do the Brits care?

Posted by: oregano on April 10, 2005 01:41 AM

Maybe some Brit out there could explain to me just exactly what the hell that family does to deserve an exorbitant income at the expence of the "commoners" as they refer to anyone not of nobility. What a bunch of shit! What does the queen do?? She reigns. Ooohh.....she reigns.....ok. What the fuck ever. Glad I'm an Amerrrkin!

Posted by: DONGER on April 10, 2005 05:23 PM

the monarch is an independent head of state. She is above parliament so if tony (or whoever is the pm) steps out of line too much, she can dissolve parliament and we all start again. It's stops dictatorships. Which is why Britain has never had one, unlike most of the rest of Europe.

And believe it or not they don't cost a lot. They signed over all the castles to the government about 200 years ago. They give the government about £180m in revenue etc; the government gives them £30m back. Most of that £30m is for meeting and greeting as any head of state would do. The french president (similar size country etc) costs about 3 times as much. Germany's even more.

The queen gets £8m out of that £30m a year for her staff, and everything else. It's not that much really. I think they worked out it cost every UK subject 70 pence a year each for the whole monarchy. Not bad really. You pay more for a newspaper.

And anyway, why change it? It works fine.

Posted by: pete in london on April 11, 2005 07:12 AM
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