Royal wedding critics have their priorities all wrong
West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour has slammed critics of today’s royal wedding who have branded it a waste of taxpayers’ money.
And she accused the Daily Star newspaper of spiteful and appalling behaviour by handing out souvenir sick bags “for those of you who just can’t stomach” the cost to the public purse.
The Metropolitan Police spent around £6.35 million on security for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton, and up to £4 million on Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle last year.
Along with Thames Valley Police, they are expected to rack up another big security bill as a result of Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor today.
But Mrs Seymour said: “People are quick to criticise the royal family at the first opportunity – without considering the money they bring into this country in tourism revenue.
“The crowds out on the streets today will be spending money in our shops, and the TV coverage will have been selling the UK as a tourist destination all over the world.
“The benefits of our royal family to the British economy hugely outweigh the costs – and I for one wish the royal couple well.”
She added: “It’s a pity that these spiteful critics don’t get their priorities right. The insulting behaviour of the Daily Star, in particular, is absolutely disgraceful. Just how low will they go for a cheap headline?
“Why don’t they campaign against the £4 billion of foreign aid we are giving to countries like India and Pakistan, part of which is being used to fill potholes on their roads when we can’t get our own holes fixed?
“Why are they not railing against the white elephant HS2 project here in the UK, where the budget is spiralling closer to the £100 billion mark by the week, before a track for this unwanted project is even laid?
“And how about the high court judges who look set to get a pay rise of around £60,000, when they already get an average salary of more than £180,000 and earn more than the Prime Minister?
“I’m very keen for the UK to help countries which have suffered genuine devastation, like this month’s earthquake tragedy in Indonesia.
“But when it comes to bashing the royals ahead of some of our other crazy spending policies, it seems to me that priorities in this country have become totally unbalanced – it’s simply not logical.”