Posted by Sarah Vine.
Okay, so the economy is in freefall and we're all facing tax hikes. And what is the Government doing? They're twiddling about with the royal succession, that's what. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns. Even the feminist in me can see that there are rather more important things on the Ministerial to-do list at the moment than bringing equal opportunities to the Royal Family, which is in itself an absurd concept, since the monarchy has nothing to do with equality and everything to do with, you know, hereditary principles. Besides, who cares which of this particular crop of eligible toffs gets to wear the crown? What difference does it make to any of us if Zara Phillips is suddenly 4th in line to the throne instead of 12th, or whatever. None whatsoever, that's what. Not unless, of course, she wants to donate the entire royal patrimony to save the nation (I've always thought Buckingham Palace would make a very nice hotel). They can elect the next monarch via a special edition of the X-Factor for all I care, just stop time-wasting.