|Well, Elton may still be the real Queen of Great Britain, |
but Grace Jones is still the Goddess!
It's absurd to imagine any taxpayer money funding a "party" for one of the richest families in the world. It's even more absurd to bus unemployment recipients to London, ask them to sleep under bridges and then work for such an event. Royalists are naturally claiming that the event generates millions for the economy, no doubt using the same twisted logic that sports teams use when they spend millions to move a team into a new location.
Smile, you're working for the queen now.
A group of long-term unemployed jobseekers were bussed into London to work as unpaid stewards during the diamond jubilee celebrations and told to sleep under London Bridge before working on the river pageant.
Up to 30 jobseekers and another 50 people on apprentice wages were taken to London by coach from Bristol, Bath and Plymouth as part of the government's Work Programme.
Two jobseekers, who did not want to be identified in case they lost their benefits, said they had to camp under London Bridge the night before the pageant. They told the Guardian they had to change into security gear in public, had no access to toilets for 24 hours, and were taken to a swampy campsite outside London after working a 14-hour shift in the pouring rain on the banks of the Thames on Sunday. I suppose they used authentic starving orphans on treadmills to power the busses to complete that traditional medieval festive atmosphere.
Still, in spite of the load of stinking pop shite shoveled out on the masses, (Yes, The more massively bloated than ever Elton John proved again that he still was the real frikin queen, in sparkling purple satin drinking champagne out of cut crystal glasses on stage!), Grace Jones, the 64 year old living icon managed to blow everyone away. I was reminded of the words of John Lennon, in 1963, when the Beatles performed for the Royal Command Variety Performance for the Queen,
"For our last number I'd like to ask your help: Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery ..."