UK Government Allocates £8 Million for Display of King Charles Portrait in Scottish Schools


 UK (Parliament Politic Magazine) – The Sunday Mail newspaper has shared that there’s a plan to put up pictures of King Charles in all the schools and nurseries in Scotland. The people in charge of Scotland (SNP ministers) are very angry because the Deputy Prime Minister, Oliver Dowden, asked for a detailed list of which places can join this plan. The UK Government has set aside £8 million for this project.

He asked for the names and locations of places like council buildings (where local government works), prisons (where people who broke the law are kept), courts (where legal decisions are made), police stations (where police officers work), and schools/colleges (where people learn). He also wanted to know how many of these places might want to join his special project.

Spending on King’s Portrait is a Waste of Money

People who don’t like this plan are comparing it to when schools in North Korea show pictures of their leader, Kim Jong-un. A government person in Scotland, Christina McKelvie, said that during a time when things are expensive, it’s not okay to use government time and money to put up pictures of the King.

A group in the SNP, which is a political party, added that spending a lot of money on King’s pictures is a mistake. They say that the Tories and the government in Westminster want to put these pictures in all schools, daycares, and colleges. Moreover, they think it’s not right to hang a picture of a very rich man over the heads of kids in the poorest areas of Scotland. This is why they don’t want to be a part of it.

They find it funny that the same Tories who are complaining about government workers focusing on independence are the ones telling Scottish government workers to spend time putting up thousands of pictures of the King. Moreover, they think this is very hypocritical.

A spokesperson of Education named Ross Greer MSP said: “Right now, the UK Government is reducing the amount of money Scotland gets and telling us there’s not enough money for basic public services. But they seem to have millions of pounds for a strange plan that would seem more fitting in North Korea.”

Government in Westminster Wants To Get Support For Charles Windsor

If the government in Westminster wants to get more support for Charles Windsor, maybe they should stop letting him and his family have special treatment, like not paying certain taxes and not having to follow laws against treating people unfairly.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla are currently on vacation at a place called Balmoral. They will probably be joined by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty. People have seen pictures of the Royal couple at the Lonach Highland Games in Aberdeenshire.

Last week, people were upset with the Metropolitan police because they stopped looking into a situation where it was claimed that someone got special honors in exchange for money donated to a charity related to the King and Prince.

 The police decided not to do anything more after investigating for 18 months. They were looking into reports that a former leader of the charity offered to help a rich person from Saudi Arabia get honors and citizenship in return for money. Even though this caused a lot of trouble, the government in the UK wants to give out pictures of the King for free.

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Spokesperson From The Government Comments on This Issue

A spokesperson for the government said that it’s a good thing for public organizations in our country to have the option to remember the time when the new King started ruling, if they want to. This is a part of our history.

Dowden mentioned that the portraits would act like a clear memory in buildings all over the country to remind everyone of the most important public worker in the nation. A spokesperson from the UK Government said:

“It is right that public authorities, as part of the fabric of our nation, have the opportunity, should they wish, to commemorate the accession of His Majesty the King and reflect the new era in our history. “To mark the coronation, public authorities throughout the United Kingdom will be able to apply for a free portrait of His Majesty the King to celebrate the new reign.”

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.