UNDER THE CROWN – The Poverty Gap

1% OF THE POPULATION OWN HALF  OF THE LAND  IN THE UK

MINISTERS RECENTLY ADMITTED ENGLAND’S HOUSING MARKET WAS ‘BROKEN’ Home ownership in England has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years, almost half of all people in England aged 25 to 34 live in rented accommodation. Home ownership is out of reach for young people with many forced to remain with parents. The average age for first time buyers is now 32.  ‘The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.2% in August-October 2019’  (House of Commons Library).  ”For 16-24 year olds, the basic rate of Unemployment Benefit is is £57.90 a week, for 25 and over, it’s £73.10  with reductions for any hours worked or for any pension. In 2013, The Department for Work and Pensions introduced the ‘Bedroom Tax’ setting a target to ‘encourage’ 30%  of tenants living in social housing to move home by 2017.  Where a property has a 2nd bed room tenants have their Unemployment Benefit reduced by some £14 per week and by £25 for a third bedroom. No exemption is given for separated or divorced fathers  attempting to provide accommodation for their children.  

LAND OWNERSHIP  HAS ALWAYS CONFERRED WEALTH AND POWER, DICTATING PROPERTY OWNERSHIP.  Today, most of UK land remains in the hands of the descendants of the French nobles and soldiers who became the aristocracy after being gifted land in return for service. Successive monarchs continued the practice of granting land in exchange for duties and today 70% of Britain’s land remains in the hands of 1% of the population, highlighting  an ever widening poverty gap.

WITH HER 6.6 BILLION ACRES QUEEN ELIZABETH IS BY FAR THE WORLDS LARGEST LANDOWNER INCLUDING LAND IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

Complex accountancy systems have evolved over 700 years which seek to identify and separate the private and public role of the  monarch and the heir to the throne, assuring both of private income in addition to income from the Crown Estate. As Head of State the queen holds ownership of palaces and estates for life, which are automatically bequeathed to her successor. As an example, the Crown Jewels, with an estimated value of between three and five billion pounds are not owned by the State but by the prevailing monarch.

Buckingham Palace, the  official London residence of the monarch  is owned by the Queen as part of the Crown Estate.  It has 775 rooms, 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

THE QUEEN HAS 2 PRIVATELY OWNED RESIDENCES

BALMORAL CASTLE is the Queen’s Scottish retreat. With over 50,000 acres and 775 rooms  it is valued at  £115 million.

SANDRINGHAM a 20,000 acre Estate is the Queen’s personal residence and country retreat, valued at £50 million. 

 

THE CROWN ESTATE

The Queen owns a huge property portfolio called the Crown Estate, which holds £14 billion worth of property in the UK, it includes numerous palaces used as residences by the Queen’s extended royal family. The Crown Estate is managed by the monarch and generates income and revenues of some $400 million per year. Net profit passes to Parliament which is responsible for maintenance and refurbishment of the properties.

THE SOVEREIGN GRANT:  In return for income generated by royal properties, the Queen receives 25% of net profits from the Crown Estate as payment under The Sovereign Grant, to provide an independent source of income for use by the royal household. The major  costs of maintaining the monarchy are met by Parliament.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE. The official residence of the  monarch. Estimated value £2.2 billion. The palace has 775 rooms which include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

 

WINDSOR CASTLE: Queen Elizabeth II principal weekend retreat. Built c 1070 it is worth over £181 million.

 

 

Holyrood Palace, the Scottish        residence of the queen where she typically stays in the first week of the summer.            

 

 

Hillsborough Castle, the Northern Ireland residence of the queen during her visits.

 

 

 

THE QUEEN AND THE PRINCE OF WALES  RECEIVE PRIVATE INCOME THROUGH THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER AND THE DUCHY OF CORNWALL.

The Duchy of Lancaster is the private estate owned by the British sovereign, currently valued at £534 million. This  ancient inheritance began 750 years ago, in 1265, when Henry III gifted to his son, lands which had been forfeited by the Earl of Leicester. He decreed that the lands provide a private income for subsequent monarchs through inheritance.

The Duchy of Cornwall owned by Prince Charles has £1 billion in assets. He is  the largest private landowner in England, annual income from the duchy is £21.6m. The Duchy is a further remnant of a feudal economy which has survived for 700 years. Created in 1337 by Edward III, as a personal endowment for his son, its lands and revenues have belonged to the male heir to the throne from that time. The Duchy is not designated a Company and so does not pay Corporation Tax. In his capacity as Duke of Cornwall, Charles owns an estate spread across 23 counties, which includes the Scilly Isles and coastal waters.

Clarence House: The official London residence of  the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, adjacent to St James Palace, has an estimated value £58.5 million. It was formerly the home of the queen mother and inherited by her grandson on her death.

 

PRIVATE RESIDENCES OWNED BY PRINCE CHARLES

High Grove House and Gardens. The main private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla.  A country estate with extensive gardens purchased by the prince under the Duchy of Lancaster.

 

 

Birkhall, a 53,000 acre Scottish retreat on the Balmoral Estate, inherited  by Prince Charles from the queen mother.

 

 

 

Llwynywermod a 192 acre estate in Carmarthenshire, is the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla when staying in Wales.

 

 

 

Tamarisk House, private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla located on the main island, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.

 

 

HOMES OF THE QUEENS CHILDREN

GATCOMBE PARK. Home of the Princess Royal. Bought privately by the Queen for her and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips. Extensively refurbished and renovated prior to the family moving in, back in the late 1970s, funded by the Crown purse.

 

ROYAL LODGE WINDSOR: Home of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his ex wife Sarah Ferguson. A 30 room residence within Windsor Park. Gifted by the queen mother in 2003. He will continue to reside there after stepping down from royal duties in 2019.

BAGSHOT PARK MANSION:  Home of Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex and Sophie. Mansion House with 51 acres set in Windsor Great Park. Owned by  the Crown Estate, with a 50 year rental lease  to Edward and Sophie at £90,000 pa. Renovations £2.98 million, half  paid by Crown.

ANMER HALL. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sandringham Estate. A wedding gift from the queen, is now the country home of William and Kate and their children. They also reside in a Kensington Palace apartment to cover their royal duties.

FROGMORE COTTAGE, WINDSOR ESTATE. Home of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Given by the Queen as a wedding gift. Renovations cost to taxpayer £2.4m. Following their decision to ‘step down’ from royal duties the renovation costs are to be repaid..

‘AN ENGLISH MAN’S HOME IS HIS CASTLE’  IS A RIGHT PRESERVED FOR THE FEW.

‘SUSSEX ROYAL’ – THE BURDEN OF WEALTH, POWER AND PRIVILEGE

Prince Harry, once the most admired member of the royal family has caused shock and dismay through his decision to ‘step back’ from the royal family and relocate to North America. Whatever the motives, questions arise as to the  way in which Harry and Meghan have conducted themselves, widely viewed as a lack of respect for the Queen and the monarchy itself. There is true affection for Harry and  sincere acknowledgement of the trauma caused by his mothers death at such an early age… who can forget him walking with his brother behind her coffin. Whatever the true cause, the total breakdown of the relationship between Harry and William is viewed as collateral damage arising from the marriage of Harry and Meghan. Continue reading

IRAN – A POCKET HISTORY FOR TRUMP

IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

1953 CIA SUPPORTED COUP IN IRAN:  The removal of Mossadegh  (the leftist Iranian Prime Minister in 1951) was, in my estimation, a tragic mistake on the part of the United States. We caused, in effect, the Khomeini revolution by doing that. But essentially, the seeds of that revolution were planted then, because we insulted the Iranians nationally, as a nation. So we interrupted the normal course of Iranian history… Iran would have gone its own way, and we would not have become the scapegoat, the great Satan, or whatever.      David Nalle, Director, Bi-National Center, Tehran, 1960-1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evidence for December 25th as the birth date for Jesus

A title bestowed upon Jesus is ‘The Light of the World’,  the   supreme demonstration of the light in action as the ‘Son of God.’ We might perhaps expect the predestined birth of a World Saviour, or Messiah, to coincide with celestial cycles, the birth of Jesus at the winter Solstice and his death at the Spring Equinox occurred in accordance with the Law of Cycles. This is mirrored in  the pagan festivals aligned to solar and lunar cycles which honour the natural rhythms of earth, sea and sky.

The debate continues as to the actual year of birth for Jesus with scholars and historians placing this anywhere between 6 BC and 2 BC.  The traditional birth date of 25th December is dismissed by many on the basis that this was ‘borrowed’ from the existing Roman pagan celebration of the winter Solstice.  The festival of ‘Sol Invictus’ was introduced  by the emperor Aurelian in 274AD to honour his name which refers to the rising sun.   In 313AD Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity which spread across the empire. His successor Julian reverted to pagan beliefs and  formalized December 25th as ‘the birthday of the sun’  by which time this date was already acknowledged for the birth of Jesus.  It is not disputed that the Christian Church subsequently adopted and adapted pagan festivals as an effective means of converting the masses.  This does not invalidate the date but highlights the link between cosmic cycles and auspicious  events.  With a greater understanding  we can see how such synchronicity might come about naturally, rather than through manipulation as Continue reading

STAR OF BETHLEHEM – An Astrological Configuration

COSMIC ASTROLOGY – INTERRELATIONSHIP – THE HUMAN AND THE DIVINE.

The story of the three ‘wise men’ has captivated people for centuries but many have questioned how could the kings  who travelled  hundreds of miles ‘from the East’ have arrived within days of  the birth of Jesus. The Magi, or Mage, were Masters of the esoteric arts with a deep understanding of the celestial heavens and the significance of planetary configurations.  Astrology, as a cornerstone of the divine sciences had amassed a vast wealth of data throughout antiquity.  The birth of a Messiah or Saviour had long been foretold by the prophets and was awaited impatiently by the Jewish people,  An event of such magnitude as the birth of an Avatar, or World Teacher, would certainly have been expected to be heralded in the heavens. It would be reasonable to expect the unfolding of not one but a series of unusual planetary configurations. The Magi who had been scanning the heavens awaiting the sign that the birth of a king was imminent were alerted by a series of rare planetary conjunctions which combined to create the Star of Bethlehem. At this point they began their long journey to Palestine which would indeed take many months. Through their ability to read the astrological signs they were led by the Star of Bethlehem ensuring  that their arrival in the region coincided with the birth of Jesus. Continue reading

BEWARE THE WRATH OF THE PEOPLE

THE POLITICAL SPLIT NOW REPEATEDLY DEMONSTRATED IN ELECTION RESULTS, REFERENDUMS AND OPINION POLLS  IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON, A FURTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DUALITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS  IN THE CURRENT TRANSITION TOWARDS UNITY OR CHAOS

A key committee of the United States House of Representatives on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. A trial in the Senate will follow within days, if found guilty the president would be removed from office. The bipartisan split with Republicans holding the balance of power in the Senate,however, ensures that this vote will fail.

Interestingly both parties are quoting the intention of the Founding Fathers when framing the Constitution of the United States. Democrats focusing on the criteria for Impeachment while Republicans emphasise the principle that any Impeachment must not be bi-partisan. Whatever the outcome, either the 62,984,825 who voted Republican or the 65,853,516 who voted Democrat in the previous election wiill remain very angry.  However just, the removal of President Donald Trump will do little to quell that anger and may act as a trigger for the 63 million who voted for him in a manifestation of divisive energy as the expression of the Will of half of the people. Continue reading

WEALTH, PRIVILEGE AND PEDOPHILES

JEFFREY EPSTEIN:  A SMALL COG IN A VERY BIG WHEEL

Sexual perversion involves an insatiable hunger, exemplified by Jeffrey Epstein. Pedophiles have a propensity to share their experiences, resulting in a hierarchical system incorporating multiple webs of international affiliation enabled via the internet.  In the most extreme examples this feeds into the global trafficking of thousands of children and vulnerable young people. As facts related to the Epstein case emerge it is becoming apparent that his billionaire status was a front which hid his true role as a procurer for the rich and famous. His trafficking network was based on blackmail, designed to lure not only the girls and young women but the social elite who preyed upon them, Prince Andrew has been described by victims as ‘being used as bait’. There must now be legitimate concern about potential blackmail evidence emerging which would prove devastating for the monarchy. 

A VIRTUALLY IMPENETRABLE WEB OF DENIAL AND OBFUSCATION CAN ARISE WHEN A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS  IMPLICATED IN SCANDAL. WHILE NOT AVERSE TO INTERVENING TO AFFECT A PREFERRED OUTCOME, THEY ARE ADEPT AT EXEMPTING THEMSELVES FROM COMPLYING WITH THE LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO ASSIST POLICE INVESTIGATIONS. Continue reading

EPSTEIN – JUSTICE DENIED

IT IS A MEASURE OF THEIR EGO AND ARROGANCE AND A BELIEF THAT THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW WHICH MAKES CURRENT DENIALS  RELATED TO SEX TRAFFICKING BY THE RICH AND FAMOUS, EGREGIOUS.

Sexual abuse of minors remains a universal social taboo, the effects are lifelong and often catastrophic, leaving victims powerless with families destroyed. Perpetrators skilfully target victims, deploying a panoply of grooming techniques to ensure their silence is maintained. Sexual abuse is universally the most under reported crime, it is almost impossible to secure a rape conviction.  In the United States the  FBI estimate that 31% of rape cases are reported to police. Of these  only 5.7% lead to arrests, 1.1% are referred to prosecutors with  0.7% convicted and 0.6% incarcerated. In England and Wales despite rape claims rising from 35,847 to 57,882 during the last four years, the number of people prosecuted has fallen to an all time low with only 3.3%  ending in a conviction. Where the perpetrators enjoy celebrity status, wealth and privilege the odds of prosecution are further diminished. Continue reading

AN HONOURABLE MAN?

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ARE WE JUDGED BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP?

There is every indication that Prince Andrew’s involvement in the Epstein scandal is more far reaching than many would like to suppose, causing some to question whether the otherwise inexplicable interview he gave to BBC television was a final act of desperation in light of what may be about to be revealed.  Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ contains the names and numbers of over a thousand high profile, people, including politicians, princes and  presidents, judges, lawyers, professors, philanthropists and benefactors, media and entertainment personalities with more than a few billionaires.  US lawyers are keen to interview them to help with their enquiries. Epstein’s homes were fitted with audio and video recording equipment believed to be for the purpose of blackmail and extortion with reports of audio and video tapes in the posession of law enforcement officers. This week a judge ordered the unsealing of documents related to the previous court case, among them are the flight logs recorded by Jeffrey Epstein’s six pilots. Their content will confirm who flew on Epstein’s private jet, to where and how often. If the old adage ‘We are judged by the company we keep‘ still holds true, Prince Andrew’s feeble defence against accusations linking him as a potential co conspirator to a convicted pedophile are both alarming and insulting to the intelligence of any fair minded person. Continue reading

HALLOWEEN – TRICK OR TREAT?

On the 31st October each year the ritual of Halloween is celebrated with little or no thought for its origins which lie in the belief that at this time there is a thinning of the veils between the manifest and the astral worlds.  Many  continue to take advantage of this window of opportunity maintaining their traditions of communicating with the spirits of those who have departed this world.  For some this is a positive act of remembrance, for others an opportunity to interact with negative forces. In either case  we are engaging our psychic energy to create a connection, linking the physical and astral realms and should be aware of the inherent vulnerability and need for respect. Continue reading