Arguing Over Every Pound Spent

The Royal Family of Britain, those Hanoverian pretenders with expensive tastes, are somewhat less popular today than they were a week ago. Someone wisely leaked a video of Kate Middleton being adorable in response to the news that the Royals have run afoul of government oversight:

"The household needs to get better at planning and managing its budgets for the longer term -- and the Treasury should be more actively involved in reviewing what the household is doing," said Margaret Hodge, the member of parliament who chairs the Public Accounts Committee. 

The report also criticized the royals' "complacency" in allowing some 39 percent of royal buildings and land to slip into a state of disrepair. It said the 60-year-old heating system in Buckingham Palace alone will cost between £500,000 and £1 million to replace. 

"The Household must get a much firmer grip on how it plans to address its maintenance backlog," Hodge said.

They can carp about the pipes and the boilers, but, really, what no one wants to talk about is how awful it is for the Royal household to have to tolerate Prince Andrew and the like. I have to think that having to subsidize Andrew for the rest of his life rankles more than a few members of the "household" that can't stay within a budget. The Royals travel and spend money and have to have things--telling them no is whose responsibility? A government bureaucrat?

The crown would not approve.

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