King Charles III was crowned king on Saturday 6th May 2023. A
time to come together as a country and celebrate its King, or is it? High energy
prices and inflation means most households in the UK are struggling to warm their
homes or feed their families. So how does the public feel about the estimated
cost of the coronation at around 50-100 million. Gordon Brown, former prime
minister tweeted last Monday saying “the fanfare for a king cannot obscure what
is unfair for others – rising deprivation among those without money or power”. He
goes on to praise the new King on recognising the contributions of community
volunteers and describing this as the King’s “lasting legacy of his ascension
to the throne”.
Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) wanted to ask its members
what their views were around the king’s coronation and received mixed reviews.
MWNUK member who wanted to remain anonymous, stated
that the “money should go to all those suffering to survive”.
Kate, 57, from Oxford appreciated the opportunity to
comment on King Charles III coronation “Thanks so much for the
opportunity to comment on this - as a citizen I feel we've not been given
any real opportunities to make our feelings known.
I personally feel that a huge ceremony to celebrate the
coronation is insensitive at a time when many in our country are facing
poverty and hardship. If there is a monarchy, then I understand there is a wish
for some kind of ceremony, but this could have been kept to a minimum and any
money saved given to charities to feed the hungry and homeless.
There is also the extremely important issue that this is
really a celebration and affirmation of some of the dark deeds of our colonial
past. There will be stolen jewels, items made from ivory and other riches
on display that show our past which is never properly examined or admitted to.
This could be a time for healing, admission of how our
colonial history and slavery have contributed to the wealth of the monarchy and
upper classes and the opening up of a conversation on this. Instead
they'll have a big, opulent party. It's abhorrent.
I will be travelling abroad (deliberately) to avoid all of
the ridiculous hype and will not be tuning in to watch!”
Sham, 39 from Birmingham stated “Amongst all the
chaos of Brexit, Covid-19 outbreak and cost of living crisis, we need something
to cheer us up, what better than the crowning of King Charles III and having a
good all street party and an additional bank holiday to get us going. The only hiccup
is we don’t have the money, energy nor the desire to waste the pennies we don’t
have to buy the red, blue and white partyware and fly our flags for the king
and country. The wealthy don’t always understand or appreciate the long hours
we spend working, looking after our families, trying to pay for child care as
well as driving up to the local food bank and hoping we don’t bump into someone
we know, in case they think we are stealing someone else’s right to have ‘free
tinned food’, because we are employed, work shifts, have a regularly income,
but it’s still not enough. So, unless the food banks are giving away street
party food, bunting, balloons, matching plates and napkins, and some laughter
and joy I don’t think I will be celebrating much. But thanks for the bank
holiday! I shall enjoy this in bed catching up on a few winks! Happy Coronation
A 24-year-old anonymous, from Birmingham commented: “Given
the current state of the country, I find it highly insensitive that we are
expected to look forward to a ceremony which celebrates a family who do close
to nothing for the British people. In a climate where mothers are stealing baby
formula and groceries because of the cost-of-living crisis, we the British
public are then expected to pay for this extremely unnecessary “state event”.
It is estimated that the Coronation of Charles III will cost the British
taxpayers around £100 million, why on earth is this money not being spent on
the very people who pay it forward? Instead, it’s wasted on an event most of
the country couldn’t care less about. It makes no logical or ethical sense to
have pompous ceremony which serves to flaunt the monarchy’s vast wealth in a
time where most of the population are having to use foodbanks or sleep on the
streets because they simply cannot afford to live. I hope this Coronation
reminds ‘royalists’ that they have far less in common with the monarchy than
they do with the average Brit and its time we abolished the monarchy. Britain
prides itself in being a modern, secular and diverse country – if this is truly
the case, we should remove the outdated and archaic Royal Family”.
We acknowledge that people with negative views are more likely
to voice their opinions.
Raise your voice and get connected