From #JeremyHunt 2 the #ResolutionFoundation the stagnation nation UK economy has its roots in #Brexit. Moreover the social contract that holds a nation together is under threat from the gross inequality of UK society. Hardship is everywhere to be seen: Homelessness has hit record levels. We need a new social contract with its roots in fraternity, fairness & morality for all the people of the UK. https://tinyurl.com/yrudsdyv #RejoinEU #AbolishTheMonarchy
"But those offshore wind farms belong to ME!"
Racist royals considering legal action. #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/dec/01/buckingham-palace-hints-legal-action-royals-named-race-row-king-charles-harry-meghan
It's time to end this anachronism
That's British Monarchists for you.
Colonialisms' Little Enablers.
A royal family ‘in crisis’: six claims from Omid Scobie’s book Endgame
"Perhaps mindful that treating the assets of deceased people from Preston or Oldham as a royal windfall might not be a good look, Duchy of Lancaster officials have long claimed that, after costs are deducted, the money goes to charity. But extensive research by the Guardian has established that a significant amount is being secretly used as “free money” to refurbish parts of the king’s vast property portfolio, pushing its rental value up." #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/nov/27/the-guardian-view-on-king-charles-and-the-duchy-of-lancaster-feudalism-reigns-in-the-north-west
"This family started the slave trade, invested in it, rejoiced in it. The £600m that Charles inherited last year, tax-free, would have been inherited monarch to monarch, going back, uninterrupted, to when they were making money out of slavery.” #NotMyKing #RepublicNow #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/nov/28/the-monarchy-looks-vulnerable-will-britains-republicans-bring-down-the-king
By John Sleigh
9th September 2022
"A North East mining company is searching for cobalt, nickel and copper under Aberdeenshire farmland.
“Starting this weekend, Aberdeen Minerals will be flying a helicopter in the area between Maud in the north down to Belhelvie in the south and from the coast to Insch in the west. Using a machine which produces an electronic pulse, the helicopter will produce data to map the geology of the area with the daily flights taking a month to complete the 3700km survey. The aircraft will travel in strips at 200metre intervals at a height of 100m off the ground, moving at the relatively slow speed of 50mph in a bid to discover the precious minerals.
“The project is being led by a group of #investors who set up a company in 2018 after working in mineral exploration across the globe. They picked Aberdeenshire as previous surveys have suggested that there are deposits of #cobalt, #nickel and #copper. The minerals are in high demand for making #LithiumBatteries which are increasingly important as the economy phases out #FossilFuels. The nickel price is currently sitting at around $21,000 per ton which has nearly doubled since March 2020.
“The focus on the search is around the #Arthath area which is 6km north of Ellon. Currently the company has agreements with around 20 farms for access and exploration. Most of the farms own their mineral rights – however in some cases the original owning estates have retained the rights [through #ManorialRights ], which has resulted in a three-party split on the agreement.
“CEO of Aberdeen Minerals, Fraser Gardiner, said: 'We are looking at where the demand will be in five to ten years and all the indications are that cobalt, nickel and copper will be needed and we don’t produce any in the UK. There was a lot of work done in the area in the 1970s and again in 2006 which all indicates there is deposits under the ground in Aberdeenshire. At the time when the original research was conducted the price environment was different and the technology was not as advanced so little was done to bring it to extraction.
“'But the mineral potential is there, it is even recognised by the local authority planning authority,' noted Mr Gardiner. 'The historic data and the research we have done since has been sufficient encouragement for our investors to progress with an aerial survey.'
“The particular type of rock which the company is searching for is gabbro – coarse-grained igneous rock, similar to granite. The rock type is common across the North East of Scotland but rare in the rest of the country and can hold copper, cobalt and nickel.
“Mr Gardiner explained: 'The rock often holds small but rich enough deposits of the precious minerals to make extraction financially viable. We are at a very early stage, as we don’t know where the deposits are and if they even exist.'
“Typically in other areas with similar geology, these types of deposits are 300 to 400 meters below the surface and in concentrations which suit underground mining. Some of the initial public reaction has been mixed to the prospect of mining, with many locals nervous about the enterprise. However, Mr Gardner is keen to stress that they are staying away entirely from an open cast mining system.
“If the helicopter survey indicates that cobalt, nickel and copper are in the ground then further agreements will be needed with some land owners for investigations to take place.
“Mr Fraser explained: 'If the helicopter survey shows further investigation is worthy then it would be between three and five years of work to get to a position where we needed to decide if a mine is to be developed. To put this into context, prospects like here have a one in 100 chance of coming to fruition. There are so many technical, economic and environmental factors at play. But having said that, all the indications so far make it worthy of further investigation.
“Currently all three minerals which are being searched for are imported to the #UK. However the UK Government publish a #Mineral Strategy which is encouraging more domestic production. At the moment the nearest copper mines to the UK are in #Spain, #Poland and #Scandinavia. Nickel and cobalt are also mined in Scandinavia. But globally the biggest producers of coppers are in #SouthAmerica, #cobalt from the #Congo and Nickel from #Russia and #Indonesia."
Residents of #Pwllheli receive letters saying Crown Estate wants to register ownership of the minerals beneath their homes
Thursday 04 February 2016
“It is over 600 years since Pwllheli in North Wales was given its charter by Edward, the Black Prince.
“But now the ancient market town is at the centre of a #Royal claim over the 'manorial rights' to the ground on which its foundations are built. Around 1,300 homeowners in Pwllheli and nearby Morfa Nefyn have been sent letters saying the Crown Estate wants to register ownership of mines and minerals beneath their houses.
“The estate, which manages sovereign land, says it has owned rights over the minerals for many centuries and is now having to register its ownership after protection over these rights was withdrawn under new land registration laws.
“But the letters sent out by the Land Registry notifying residents of the claim have sparked 'worry and alarm' according to the town’s MP, who says the Crown Estate’s bid mirrors the 'grasping, unprincipled landlordism' that has bedevilled Wales in the past.
“The row comes two years after residents in Anglesey and the Arfon area of Gwynedd pledged to challenge similar notices sent out on behalf of the Crown Estate claiming ownership over ancient rights to minerals and mining.
“Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, which includes Pwllheli, said: 'This has alarmed my constituents and has been the cause of great worry for local people
“'Staking claim to mining and mineral rights reeks of the 19th century, not the 21st century. There is no place for this kind of approach today.'
“Mike Parry, a town councillor in Pwllheli, said: 'These letters are worrying for people, especially the elderly, who are concerned about what will happen to their homes.'
“The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business, with a history dating back to 1066. It has been tasked by Parliament since 1760 with managing the sovereign’s land.
“Over the last 10 years it has returned a £2.3bn profit to the Treasury. Its portfolio includes Regent Street and much of St James’s in London – and the entire UK seabed.
“Homeowners in Pwllheli have been told they can challenge the claim, but must provide evidence that they are entitled to whatever minerals might lie beneath their homes.
“The minerals, if they exist at all, might include deposits of sand, rock or even quartz. But they would not include coal, oil, gas, silver or gold, which are covered by other legislation.
“A spokeswoman for the Crown Estate said: 'Along with many other landowners, the Crown Estate is in the process of registering historical mineral rights with the Land Registry.
“'These claims are not new and we would like to reassure local residents that the registration process is in no way an indication of our intent to begin mining, which in any event would require planning permission and the surface owner’s consent.'"
#Guardian research reveals for centuries Monarchy has benefited from bona vacantia, the duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall collecting the assets of those dying intestate or without heirs. This must end, UK people MUST be the beneficiaries. https://tinyurl.com/47wyrp62 #AbolishTheMonarchy @RepublicStaff
King’s estate to transfer £100m into ethical funds after bona vacantia revelations
Organised crime. #AbolishTheMonarchy
'Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said: “Like so many other local people I was surprised to learn the anomaly that means those dying without a will or heir in the county palatine see their assets passed to the king rather than the state. It’s an unjust and archaic hangover from the medieval times and I’ll be seeking advice on how to bring my constituents’ rights out of the feudal era.”'
I thought I knew royal greed – but King Charles profiting from the assets of the dead is a disgusting new low
"For decades, parliament has been far too lenient about the royal family’s finances. This avaricious practice needs to end"
Well said Norman!
Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor is a thieving scumbag. #NotMyKing #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/nov/24/kings-estate-facing-questions-over-14m-in-bona-vacantia-not-donated-to-charity
Revealed: King Charles secretly profiting from the assets of dead citizens
Let it be known that if any of my assets, which admittedly amount to little more than several thousand CD and some gig memorabilia, end up in the hands of that bunch of over-privileged inbred parasites I'll come back and haunt the bastards. And I'm not thinking of some Casper the Friendly Ghost benevolent shit.
Proof that the British are a bunch of corrupt thieves, this is our top man accepting a suitcase full of cash from a Saudi royal.
It being Britain though, what looks dodgy as hell isn't dodgy as hell...apparently.......how anybody can have pride in this culture is beyond me. 🤦♂️
Britain is a fucking joke.
This misshapen inbred freak, stealing money from the dead, and we're supposed to look up to that piece of shit like he's better than the rest of us.
This society is one of pompous, deluded clowns. 🤦
Revealed: King Charles secretly profiting from the assets of dead citizens
"[Iwan] also believes that, if Wales gains independence, the people should have the power to ditch the Royal Family in favour of becoming a republic with an elected president as head of state." #AbolishTheMonarchy #Annibyniaeth https://nation.cymru/news/welsh-icon-calls-for-return-of-royal-castles-to-people-of-wales/
' When the people we have elected were allowed to stand at the back of the chamber, the King read out “his” speech which contained a line that was pure comedy gold.
“My government will continue to take action to ease the cost of living for families,” said the head of a family worth £21.3billion, wearing a gem-encrusted crown worth £5billion.' #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/argument-abolish-lords-stronger-after-31409151
"The cost of the royal family’s security is secret. Estimates range from between several million pounds to as much as £100m, according to the Institute for Government thinktank."
An elected president would be cheaper and have democratic legitimacy. #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/nov/09/royal-security-cost-guardian-freedom-of-information-tribunal
"Many voters will also look at the elaborate, feathered flummery – an invented tradition from the imperial Victorian age – and wonder what it has to do with them." #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/nov/07/the-guardian-view-on-the-kings-speech-full-of-old-ideas-when-new-ones-are-needed
If #PrinceWilliam was serious about doing anything about #climatechange, he would take far fewer flights by private jet, use helicopters less often, turn off the heating in some of his houses (or better yet, let other people live there), pay his taxes, and stop giving out vanity prizes that are a drop in the ocean in terms of money and simply amount to good PR for an embattled and deeply unpopular #royal family. But that’s just me, I guess. #AbolishTheMonarchy https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/07/greener-electric-car-batteries-among-prince-william-1m-earthshot-winners
That ecofacist who says there's too many Africans in Africa is trying to be relevant again.
Tribunal to hear Guardian appeal over security costs for royal family
I've got a way of reducing security costs of the royal family but it would probably be considered undermining British values.
Good on the Guardian for fighting for this. We have a right to know what we are spending on these parasites.
King Charles, Britain already admitted to torture in Kenya, no need for you to choke on an apology | Caroline Elkins
France would be doing us "a solid" if they fell back on old habits with the Monarchy.....
King Charles only worked seven weeks in the last year
Anyone work out the hourly rate? #abolishthemonarchy
Seriously? Is this vomit inducing sycophantic arse licking now an annual event?
Sadiq Khan: A year on, the memory of our late, brilliant Queen still inspires me deeply
What a desperately shallow life you must lead, Mr Khan if you take inspiration from a parasitical accident of birth with no discernible talent, aside from amassing obscene wealth and ensuring she was above the law and could kill employees with impunity…
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME. 🤬🤬🤬
It's starting to feel a helluva lot like 1789. ✊
#AbolishTheMonarchy #NotMyKing #Independence #UKPolitics #CostOfLivingCrisis #TaxTheRich
King Charles to receive huge pay rise from UK taxpayers
Hey UK Residents 🇬🇧! Please sign this petition for a public referendum on the monarchy:
We should have a choice as to whether to keep the royals in their current position, or to do away with the outdated view that depending on the family you are born to, means you have a right to rule over others, even if only in name.
The Prime Minister of a Caribbean nation has told the BBC his country is "not totally free" as long as King Charles III remains head of state.
Dr Terrance Drew said that a public consultation on whether St Kitts and Nevis should become a republic would begin during his leadership.
He also said he would welcome an apology from the monarchy for its historic links to the slave trade.
Extract from an email sent by Graham Smith of Republic:
"Our arrests have been covered around the world and by all UK media outlets. It has been noted by a lot of observers that Charles has remained silent and has not made any effort to defend our values and liberties.
Three night safety volunteers, who help vulnerable women on the streets of Westminster and have official high vis with local council and Met police logos, were apparently arrested at 2am for doing their job and then held for up to 14 hours, including 3 hours in handcuffs for at least one of them.
'But journalist Mic Wright, who reported the arrests on Twitter, said those arrested were members of Westminster City Council’s nighttime safety volunteers group Night Stars. The volunteers, who wear vibrant pink high-vis vests, support at-risk women and help vulnerable members of the public to ensure they get home safely. Soho is one of the areas they operate in, according to the Westminster City Council website. They often provide people in need with water, directions, slippers or someone to talk to and work in partnership with the Met, whose logo appears on their uniforms. Westminster City Council did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr Wright said one member of the trio arrested left the police station in tears after the incident. "They were arrested for being in possession of… rape alarms. They hand them out to women," Mr Wright tweeted.
News of the arrests has been met with widespread outrage and concern. Jamie Klingler, co-founder of Reclaim These Streets, said: "Even for the @metpoliceuk this is a preposterous excuse. They were volunteers in high vis".'
The view from America: The taxpayer bill for King Charles' coronation is royally offensive.
There's no reason why the British taxpayers in the middle of a cost of living crisis should be paying a pence for the ceremony:
Guardian #Coronation blog:
"PA media is carrying this report of another protester being stopped and searched by the police. Ben Larsen, 25, wearing a Just Stop Oil T-shirt, said he was there to see the coronation and peacefully protest. Grinning at police officers, he told them: “You’ve searched me and haven’t found shit.”
A police officer told him: “You need to educate yourself on what peaceful protest is.”"
Wearing a tshirt isn't peaceful, then?
#FascistBritain #AbolishTheMonarchy #NotMyKing
Who would have thought that a farcical feudal ceremony backed by a fascistic flag-shagging government would lead to the oppression of free speech?
When you lament the totalitarianism of China or Russia, recall the demise of civil liberties in the UK today. #AbolishTheMonarchy
@cstross I got an SMS text (which I rarely do) telling me that I can "celebrate the King's Coronation" with free data from my network provider.
Am I supposed to be grateful now or something? If I use my phone while I go shopping tomorrow will I be a 'subject' then?
Ridiculous anachronisms! 😡
Anti-monarchists receive ‘intimidatory’ Home Office letter on new protest laws
Remember, according to a real life test case, in English and European law your human rights don't include attending monarchist parades dressed as a zombie, no matter what bizarre fancy dress the monarchists are wearing.
And now the Home Office is directly intimidating potential protestors by sending them threats about new legislation: "the government are using a statutory instrument to bring draconian measures that the House of Lords threw out of the bill back from the dead, once again evading scrutiny and accountability. It’s worrying to see the police handed so many new powers to restrict protest, especially before a major national event. When the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act came into force, the police repeatedly misused them".