When the announcement came in that Buckingham Palace was to undergo a £369 m restoration, it was no surprise that the comments bashing the plan spread across Twitter like wildfire.
There were the usual comments like that of Leigh who said: “People are starving, the NHS is floundering, schools are being closed down but sure let’s spend £369million on Buckingham Palace”.
People are starving, the NHS is floundering, schools are being closed down but sure let’s spend £369million on Buckingham Palace 🙄
— Leigh (@leighjess_) November 18, 2016
The typically loud opponent voice of Piers Morgan tweeted out that the idea was a “joke”.
On Children In Need day, the Royals get handed £369m of taxpayer money to refurbish Buckingham Palace. Is this a ****ing joke?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 18, 2016
The unfortunate timing of announcing the planned refurbishment on Children In Need day was untimely, but as Will Travers pointed out the politicians are quick to point fingers to avoid attention on themselves.
— Will Travers (@willtravers) November 18, 2016
Royal photographer, James Whatling was one voice of reason, pointing out that other than Buckingham Palace being a home it is also a national landmark comparing it to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the United States’s Statue of Liberty.
Would France allow the Eiffel Tower to rust away? Would the US allow Liberty to crumble? No, & we should not allow BP to fall into disrepair
— James Whatling (@JWhatling) November 18, 2016
Daniel P.Clark was another one of those voices for the restoration. He even did the math figuring out that the construction works out to just over £0.80 a person.
£369,000,000 divided by 10 years, divided by 46,000,000 people equals barely over £0.80 per head per year. Stop whining. #buckinghampalace
— Daniel P. Clark (@MrClarkHimself) November 19, 2016
What are your thoughts on the restoration? Are you for or against it?