Are now costing the taxpayer over £300,000 per day.
Is it time to trim the budget, or would this be playing into the hands of terrorists, criminals and those with mental health issues?
Of course it's not just the royals who get protection, lots of other important people get similar protection wherever they travel, whether on official Government business or not. Think ex PMs running their own lucrative businesses for instance.
Should they finance their own security as many other companies have to or are they a special case?
I think it would be an excellent idea for G4S to guard T.B./ED/Gordon - with the same quality/standard/type that we have seen them propose for the games - I would even agree to the guards having firearms.
"Why can't these VIP's just work from home and use modern communication devices."
They do use modern communication devices, but members of the Royal family travel at the request of various charities,businesses,and local authorities. They are invited to visit foreign countries, and wherever they go, the protection officers go.
In terms of the amount of goodwill that results from a Royal visit I imagine that the cost to the taxpayer represents pretty good value for money.
Ministers and other VIPs travel because their job necessitates it - you can't run a modern government Ministry from a spare bedroom.
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