Back on the 11th July I watched the ceromony on TV as the RAF was given new ‘Colours’ (flags) by the Queen. The comentary included the information that there were 5,000 invited guests and the whole thing was concluded with a fly past of 90 aircraft, one for each year since the founding of the air force.
It occured to me that it must have cost an awful lot of money so I thought that I would test out the Freedom of Information Act and asked for a costing of this event. Much to my amazement I must say, I have just received a reply from Headquaters Air Command. It states that “The cost to the RAF of the Colour’s Presentation was in the region of £370,000 …… The hospitality for this event …. was sponsored by BAe Systems, which hosted the Royal Party and VIPs.” So, the cost to the RAF for a couple of flags was well over a quarter of a million Pounds, actually that’s a cost to the tax payers. This at a time when the cost of living is rising at an alarming rate. A time when people are losing their homes and unemployment is on the increase and as a consequence tax revenue (apart from on fuel) is falling. BAe Systems will also expect something in return from the Government for wining and dining that lot.