The Royal Yacht Britannia, pictured in 1977 [Image: Getty].

The Royal Yacht Britannia, pictured in 1977 [Image: Getty].


Only yesterday, I was writing about the colossal waste of money that is the Garden Bridge project in London, where £23 million of public money may be wasted – enough to pay ESA for 3,833 claimants for a year.

Now we learn that Conservative MPs want to give the Queen another yacht – at a cost of £100 million that could be better-used elsewhere, perhaps on benefit payments for a further £16,666 sick people for a year.

Ah, but the last Royal Yacht secured trade deals worth billions between 1991 and 1995, they argue.

Sure – but times have changed hugely since then. With no guarantees, this is the equivalent of burning £50 notes in the faces of the poor.

Interestingly, Tories seem to have a habit of trying to give Her Majesty enormously expensive boats. Michael Gove suggested it during the Coalition Parliament, as a way of celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.

When he suggested it, back in January 2012, the cost was said to be £60 million. Why has it nearly doubled in the years since?

At least we have an answer to my question of the time – whether Tories try to spend our money on such unnecessary lavishments habitually.

Yes. Yes they do.

Perhaps Conservative MPs should be searched for matches and cigarette lighters before being allowed into the Treasury.

Ministers are apparently considering investing in a new royal yacht Britannia.

Apparently the ship, which would cost £100 million, would help boost the country’s floundering economy by securing trade deals post-Brexit.

According to the Telegraph some 100 Tory MPs – a third of the whole [Parliamentary] party – are now backing a campaign calling for a ministerial panel to examine the case for a new ship.

Source: Ministers want to bring back £100 million royal yacht Britannia | Metro News


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