Yes, of course they are. If we started banning events on the basis of the cost of a clean up operation you'd have to cancel every carnival, regatta, outdoor concert, village fete, BBQ and marathon etc - all life enhancing stuff.
Just what I am saying and there are those who line up to watch a wedding. It doesn’t float my boat but I enjoy going to a football match, another cost to us for policing outside the stadium.
It's a great pity the right of free speech isn't based on the obligation to say something sensible.
I appreciate what you are saying Y but the very people whose lives are the most miserable because of the state of affairs in the country could be the ones benefitting most from these events - simply because they are free.
Every Saturday from the beginning of October to the end of November, a local business organisation pays for a huge firework display on our seafront and the council picks up the bill for clearing up the resulting rubbish. It is massively popular and needn't cost a penny to struggling families if they can avoid being persuaded to buy burgers and candyfloss.
I've no issue with taxpayers money being used for policing events such as football matches, carnivals, regattas etc, events primarily for everyone or anyone who's interested to enjoy. I do object to funding policing and security for royal do's, at least in and around areas where the rich and aristocratic are in attendance. That part of the bill should be down to the royals themselves.
I dont for one minute propose doing away with every event all over the place but certain aspects of expenditure needs to be looked at and some costs recouped if possible
The various governments have squeezed us dry over the years. As an example its not so many years ago that the retirement ages were 60 and 65. This has now been stretched to leave most of us working until we are nearly 70 if we have no other means of income
Women born between 1953 and 1960 have all in effect lost almost £40 k each, thats a lot of cash, im not sure what the mens figures are
Its time other ways were looked at to swell the purse and if some things have to go then so be it
The Met spends around £7,000,000 per annum policing football matches, for which they get approx 5-6% contribution from the Clubs. I know football generates a few billion in revenue one way and another, but considering what Clubs pay for footballers these days, they should be paying a lot more than they do. Then there is the Local Authority bills for clearing up. Heaven knows what the continuing annual UK bill for policing football is, I'd sooner see that being used for more police resources and better crime figures.