Boris Johnson, acting as though he knows what a litter-picker does [Image: Clean for the Queen campaign].

 Here’s a tip for Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Rory Stewart (who?): If you want people to clean up the UK, in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, then bloody well pay for it!

There are still plenty of people at the Job Centre, and plenty more in part-time work who would be grateful for the chance to earn some extra cash. Living Wage is, what, £8.25 an hour (£9.40 an hour in London).

Michael Gove: Clearly he has yet to realise that the worst rubbish in Westminster is himself and his political party [Image: Clean for the Queen campaign].

 It is insulting of you to ask – no, expect – the people of this nation to go and carry out menial work in celebration of a multi-millionaire’s longevity – with no remuneration for the effort.

Rory Stewart is an environment minister, apparently. Perhaps he should be offering to pay people, if he expects them to work for him [Image: Clean for the Queen campaign].

 Would you get off your pampered backsides and put in the effort if you weren’t being paid a fortune for everything you do? Of course not.

But then, you belong to the Party of Double-Standards, don’t you? Rich people need more money to encourage them; poor people are starved to produce the same effect.

This Writer hopes your miserable enterprise is treated with the disdain it deserves – and Her Majesty is provided with a stark visual message about the state of her country under its current, pathetic, management.

Needless to say, the Twittersphere has been having its merciless fun at the expense of these miserly clowns.

This Writer especially likes Alex Andreou’s comment: “Look forward to more Tory chores: , , #PruneForATycoon and #DustForAnInvestmentTrust surely cannot be far off.”

Oh, and Jessica Elgot of The Guardian? It’s probably not a good idea to write a gushingly-favourable news item about a plan to cynically exploit the people of the UK in a newspaper that is, at least nominally, still supposed to be on the side of ordinary people.

The mayor of London and the justice secretary donned hi-vis jackets and purple T-shirts at the launch of the litter collection campaign Clean for the Queen. Run by Keep Britain Tidy, it is calling on people across the UK to voluntarily tidy up neglected areas to mark Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

Nearly 100 MPs have pledged their support for the more official litter-picking events in their constituencies over the weekend of 4-6 March. They will also receive support from community groups, local authorities, housing associations, schools, children’s clubs and high street retailers.

Anyone caught supporting this travesty should be shunned.

Source: Gove and Johnson strike a pose in Clean for the Queen campaign | Politics | The Guardian

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