Empty Platitudes

Mick Hall protests that:

A gesture towards the victims of the Grenfell tower fire would have been nice, instead we got empty platitudes from Britain's royal family.

No room at the palace for victims of Grenfell tower fire.
While some ordinary folk with a spare bedroom took in homeless young people for a night or two over Christmas the English queen and her offspring cried crocodile tears for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. While many of the survivors families are still stuck in hotel rooms, one would have thought the least the royal family could do was offer them a room or two in one of their many homes over the Christmas period for a spot of R&R over the holiday period.

Charles Windsor the heir to the throne has Clarence House as his official London residence along with his wife, son Harry and his family.

Highgrove House near Tetbury, Gloucestershire is his 'family home' where he lives with his wife the so called Duchess of Cornwall.

Birkhall in Scotland is another residence of the Prince of Wales and his wife. The former home of the Monarch's mother on the Balmoral estate was once described it as a ‘little big house’. Not big enough it seems to put up a family of Grenfell survivors over Christmas.

Llwynywermod, near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire is yet another one of this overhoused couples many 'homes.' Why this man needs so many only he can say, but one thing is certain despite his exalted status like the rest of us who have a roof over our heads, he can only live in one home at a time.

All of the homes mentioned above, along with Buckingham palace stood empty this Christmas as Betsy and her brood spend Christmas and the New Year at Sandringham House. The Monarch's grace and favor country estate in Norfolk.

By the way his mother apparently has 52 bedrooms in her London palace, but there was no room at her inn either.

If the royal family truly cared they would have understood just how difficult a Christmas this was for many who survived the Grenfell fire, and offered them the run of their unoccupied homes.

After all they made much of the trauma they felt when Windsor Castle, one of their many homes burnt down in 1992.

I could go on but I see little point as the monarchy is clearly part of the problem, it sits at the pinnacle of the British class system in all its wretchedness, democratic deficit, class prejudice, unfairness, and minority privilege. It's time the British people created a democratic republic and placed this weird and over paid family into the dustbin of history.

It would hardly be a surprise as the fabled dustbin is where so many of the Windsor's relations ended up after being rejected by those they once lorded over.

Mick Hall blogs @ Organized Rage.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

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