GLASSES

VIZ - - Viz Royal Campaign -

ASWEget get older, our eye­sight in­evitably de­te­ri­o­rates, and Her Majesty the Queen’s vision is no ex­cep­tion.

As her pre­scrip­tion lenses get stronger, she changes her glasses ev­ery six months. And she doesn’t just get her new lenses fit­ted in her old specs; she gets brand new top-of-the-range Bul­gari or Ver­sace frames each time, leav­ing the ex­che­quer to pick up the eye-wa­ter­ing £15,000 an­nual bill.

But is the coun­try get­ting proper value for money out of these right royal bins? Let’s face it, she only uses them once a year, for read­ing her Christ­mas Mes­sage. A pair of £1 dis­pos­able read­ers from the pound shop would do the job just as well, and she could eas­ily re­place them 3 or 4 times a year, without mak­ing a dint in the Civil List. When her pre­scrip­tion goes be­yond the range avail­able on the bar­gain home­wares rack, she can sim­ply do what gen­er­a­tions of pen­sion­ers have done be­fore her, and dou­ble up. The prospect of the monarch sit­ting down to make her an­nual ad­dress to the Com­mon­wealth with two pairs of Pound­land specs perched on her nose might not sound par­tic­u­larly re­gal, but in these times of aus­ter­ity we all have to tighten our belts, and as head of state, ER should lead by ex­am­ple.

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