Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Was Staffed By Unpaid Workers Who Slept Under London Bridge

Talk about a symbolic event. The Guardian on the public pageant held earlier this month along the Thames River celebrating Britain’s Royal Family:

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.

Jobseekers were taken to London by coach from Bristol, Bath and Plymouth as part of the government’s Work Programme. They had to camp under London Bridge the night before the pageant, had to change 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.

Close Protection UK confirmed that it was using up to 30 unpaid staff and 50 apprentices, who were paid £2.80 an hour, for the three-day event in London. A spokesman said the unpaid work was a trial for paid roles at the Olympics, which it had also won a contract to staff…

 

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  • Jaeone

    they slept under a different bridge.. well I never!

  • Bruteloop

    Just in case the fawning infantilism of the tv coverage and the crowds wasn’t enough to ram home our status as serfs.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RWWAEM343UIK2IBZB3OXQZTQXM SPET67

    Just did a little quick research on the queens wealth.  It seems that she’s got a personal net worth of about $500,000,000.  She receives a $12,900,000 annual stipend and controls over $15,0000,000,000 of property, which belongs to the crown, not to her personally.  

    Seems to me she could have afforded to kick in a few pounds to see to it that the people helping with HER party could have some decent accommodations.  

    I really don’t see what the Brits see in these people anyway.  

    • rtb61

       Perhaps you don’t understand the true underlying nature of royalty and how closely bound to psychopathy it truly is. In fact this act truly does accurately portray the reality of Royalty, of those with an absurd excess celebrating that insane psychopathic excess over those with little or nothing, so well done the UK.
      The French of course celebrated this psychopathic oppression in a different fashion with the guillotine, Vive La République (note I am opposed to capital punishment even for royalty or those who believe they are entitled to recreate it under other many varied names and titles)

      • Redacted

        I sure do hope the French enjoyed Napoleon.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RWWAEM343UIK2IBZB3OXQZTQXM SPET67

        I do understand that the phenomenon you describe exists. 

         I just don’t understand why. It’s as if they’re acknowledging and celebrating the claim that these people are superior to them. I just can’t wrap my head around that.  When I try to put myself into that mind-space, i just get mad.  

        Maybe  they are raised to have Stockholm syndrome over there? 

        At any rate, I prefer the French response.      

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  • GammaMan

    You don’t get rich by giving it away. It is not what they see?  It is the Queen and she and her people own and control most of the world. Might as well get used to it.

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       Actually dude, It’s not about giving it away, it’s about paying people for working. And if the event went on with out a hitch, than pay them well, indeed.
      Might as well get use to eating a dick, son!

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