Clean for the Queen campaign backfires before Queen’s birthday

Clean for the Queen campaign puts Brits in an uproar.

A movement called Clean for the Queen hopes to get 1 million Britons involved in a big clean-up weekend ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday this year. And many Brits are not too happy.

Clean for the Queen was established by Adrian Evans, who was the Pageant Master of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012. “What better present could we all give her than a clean country,” he said.

The ‘anti-litter’ campaign will be implemented in the UK in the months before the Queen’s tenth decade celebration on 21 April and her birthday in June.

The official Twitter page for the campaign offers a countdown to the big clean-up weekend on 4–6 March and says, “Cleaning is a great way to build team spirit: clean up with your office team!”

“Our ambition is to create a community-inspired, grass-roots mass action event – one that will become a recurring annual clean up. We feel that marking the Queen’s 90th birthday with the inaugural clean-up is a wonderful way to kick start it to life,” said Evans.

However, response to the initiative has been scathing, with Brits accusing the campaign of trying to get them to do unpaid work. The #CleanForTheQueen hashtag has been running rampant on Twitter and many people have expressed their dissatisfaction of being treated as “peasants”, “serfs” and “minions”.

“Peasants! Serfs! Don't look after your environment for your own sake; do it for the biggest benefit claimant of them all,” tweeted Lesley Bremner.

“Get outside my minions and #CleanForTheQueen I want those streets sparkling so I can ride my Golden Carriage,” Twitter user Celestine tweeted.

Even the British republic movement has become involved, tweeting, “Instead of #CleanForTheQueen, we should clean up our democracy, ridding it of its hereditary and unelected positions once and for all.”

Despite the backlash, there were some people who defended the campaign. Sam Tennant tweeted, “Why are people so angry about #CleanForTheQueen? Just pick up your rubbish cause you want a clean country and get tf over it.”

What do you think of the campaign? Do you see a problem with citizens being asked to help clean for the Queen’s birthday?





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    Bookworm
    6th Jan 2016
    11:09am
    Perhaps "Clean for the Queen" was not the best name for this campaign, considering she has never done a days work in her life (apart from a short period during WW11 where she had a very cushy "job".) Better to have a Clean up the UK promo, just like our Clean up Australia day, which is very successful.

    6th Jan 2016
    11:33am
    I've no doubt the yobs and welfare bludgers who are screeching the loudest about doing nothing for a so-called lazy Queen - and who are going to do bugger-all cleaning up around the country - are the same ones who dump trash and garbage, left right and centre - and who expect others to clean it up.
    Anonymous
    6th Jan 2016
    2:00pm
    What are you holding, Aaron?
    HOLA
    6th Jan 2016
    2:25pm
    He's making a point Fast Eddie.
    Anonymous
    6th Jan 2016
    2:30pm
    Thanks.
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    6:34pm
    Fast Eddie, I have already posted Aaron earlier to stop bragging! I'm starting to feel a little inadequate!!!!
    Anonymous
    7th Jan 2016
    1:44am
    Eddie, I'm not holding anything - I'm indicating the size of the brain of those who reckon they won't lift a finger to clean up the country - yet who also claim that the Queen is lazy!
    Peterrj
    7th Jan 2016
    7:39am
    Hi Aaron, glad to read the explanation as your Avatar was a bit too cryptic for me. Now I feel so much better. I thought that you were bragging and I was starting to stress out ... a little bit!

    And while we are on lazy queens, (and I would not dispute the current size of my brain as I am still learning every day and make mistakes every day), I could not imagine a worse job than being a queen. Being dressed up every day, always being consistently on guard on what I say or do, going to countless functions, being careful of what I eat and drink, trying to be a perfect role model of perfection ... It would drive me bonkers. It takes me all day just to do a simple task and I am much younger than the Queen. Frankly I think she works real hard and puts in an effort that I could not do!

    She is my Queen, the Queen of Australia and of some other places.

    However it does get up my nose that when I go to the country where she normally lives her immigration officials make me join the 'alien' queues. And even though she is the head of the Church of England and invites all to visit Westminister Cathedral she then demands a £10 per head admission fee when you first enter the Cathedral. (If you have been there then you know what I am talking about.) That's a bucket of money for a family just to visit 'her' church?

    LOL, I think that I just lost this thread didn't I??? Bet mick is now sharpening his pencil???
    PlanB
    6th Jan 2016
    11:38am
    There is NO WAY I would "clean for the Queen" I never litter anyway -- but there is NO WAY I would clean up for the Queen !
    KSS
    6th Jan 2016
    1:34pm
    You weren't asked to.
    HOLA
    6th Jan 2016
    2:24pm
    I'd love to see the Queen in long rubber gloves, gumboots and a scarf around the head cleaning up outside Buckingham Palace just to show the commoners that she too can clean up the country. What a good example she would be.
    Boydie
    6th Jan 2016
    11:58am
    Would be great if people didn't drop rubbish at any time and took pride in where they live, better still, parents teach your kids not to drop things, I live by the beach and the number of people who eat their food and then just drop their containers is amazing. We go for our daily walk picking up as we go!
    PlanB
    6th Jan 2016
    12:02pm
    Yes same everywhere Boydie so many do not give a darn and it would be a good idea to have more people to fine those that did it, I am sure they would soon learn and it would create jobs too
    Blossom
    6th Jan 2016
    2:15pm
    It's a pity they aren't caught by the Police or other appropriate authorities and made pick up rubbish via the community service program
    Katie
    6th Jan 2016
    12:15pm
    Regardless of what the campaign is called, it's a chance for every individual to do their part, with pride.
    Troubadour
    6th Jan 2016
    2:58pm
    That's the word Katie - PRIDE having pride in the things around you - and respecting where you live, and being thankful to have nice countryside around you.
    And HOLA I have actually seen the Queen with rubber gloves and gumboots, remember when Windsor Castle had the fire - they all
    got stuck in to do the clean up!
    Both the Queen and the Queen mother did as sterling job during
    Word War 2 in various Community areas.
    JayUK
    6th Jan 2016
    5:39pm
    It's a shame the campaign wasn't called Clean up Britain because it certainly needs it. Cut backs in council funding seems to have resulted in a cutback in rubbish collecting and I feel ashamed of the rubbish along the side of motorways. Goodness knows what visitors to my country must think. Yes it's awful that people just discard rubbish wherever they've finished with it and it's a pity conscientious people will need to pick up after them, but maybe a campaign with a better name is needed to motivate us all here in Britain.
    Val
    6th Jan 2016
    12:34pm
    In Australia this happens every March in my state,what's so very wrong with cleaning up your country whether it's for your Queen or not,would be great to continue doing so in the years to come,do you all think so or not? Australia is beautiful & it's very worth while to keep it that way.
    MITZY
    6th Jan 2016
    12:35pm
    See paragraph 5 above: That explains it very well. They've even picked March to kick-start it which is the same time as our "Clean-Up Australia" campaign. To start it is certainly a good thing and every country should do it. We should possibly have a World-Wide Clean Up day.
    And, Bookworm: I don't consider the Queen or other members of the immediate Royal Family to be lazy, they do a lot of charity work and because of their presence they raise more funds than the average charities could ever do. They also bring a lot of tourist pounds into the U.K. as people head to Buckingham Palace and surrounds for photo opportunities and hopefully a sight of the occupants. It would be good if Australia kept some of its history for future generations instead of destroying it. For the Queen to be as active as she is turning 90 on 21st April, (her real birthday) she's a marvel.

    By the way, I go to the beach every single morning weather permitting with my dog, and at present it is school holidays and I live in a tourist town and the amount of rubbish the visitors and local kids are leaving on our beautiful local beach has increased enormously. There are about 8 of us every morning picking up the day before's rubbish. Normally we have about 2-3 plastic shopping bags between the 8 of us and at present that has increased to 2-3 bags EACH.
    Bookworm
    6th Jan 2016
    2:41pm
    Mitzy, I didn't say the Queen is lazy, but that she has never had a real job. She is chauffeured to and from her charity appointments and flies in her own plane or first class all over the world. Let's not forget the Royal ship Brittania which used to cost the taxpayers of UK multi-millions per year. She has never even carried money in her ever-present handbag and has had ladies-in-waiting and servants attending to her every need since birth. No wonder most of them live to a ripe old age!
    And Buckingham Palace would still attract hordes of tourists whether the Royals were there or not.
    MITZY
    6th Jan 2016
    4:32pm
    Bookworm: I'd say that as the Queen is Patron of 600 charities and organizations of which 400 she has held since she became Queen in 1952, she really does have a "real life job" there without all the rest of the work she performs. I'd say she has had a long life lived in service to others which can be regarded as a long life well-lived. Some of us have been lucky enough to see her grow over that long life and she is part of British history just as much as Tea and Bad Weather. She just goes about her work, never fussing, staying calm and greeting all and sundry with a lovely manner not many others could maintain. Once she goes I doubt Charles or even William will earn the same love and respect. What you say about her entourage is true but why would she need to carry money in her ever-present handbags? She's not going to duck off somewhere to shop on an official engagement or the like. Besides the fact that her presence has brought in a multiplicity of tourist pounds over decades, since 1992 of her own volition, the Royals have paid income tax on their earnings.
    Maybe she should make one last visit to Australia and sort out all those multi-nationals and large corporate businesses that don't pay a cent here. She could probably achieve that goal with one hand tied behind her back in an instant.
    HOLA
    7th Jan 2016
    8:27am
    BOOKWORM - I've been told that the Queen carries cigarettes
    in her handbag. he, he.

    6th Jan 2016
    2:03pm
    It's past the point of cleaning up, too much garbage has already migrated there and have absolutely no pride in the country.
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    6:37pm
    Ouch, that's very cutting!
    HOLA
    7th Jan 2016
    8:36am
    I saw a documentary on the television one day about the indigenous
    people living in squalor in the top end of Australia. There was paper everywhere and rubbish all around the streets. Why doesn't someone explain to them that they have to help themselves before they can ask for help. A few strategically placed garbage containers outside everyone's houses should be used. I'm afraid they have no pride in their places.
    john
    6th Jan 2016
    2:12pm
    it is time for egotistic minority of brits to climb down off their pedestals and behave like the majority of normal clean living citizens. bins are for rubbish not the roads and parks
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    6:38pm
    John, that's a very novel suggestion. I hope it gets off the ground???
    Bones
    6th Jan 2016
    2:38pm
    Perhaps Her Maj might issue a few pardons and give a few of us a free flight home and a house to help out with their problem of trash? I fear, like fast Eddie however that it is far too late though.
    Carry on the officers.
    Bill
    6th Jan 2016
    3:49pm
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    margw5
    6th Jan 2016
    5:30pm
    A lot of people I speak do don't particularly want the Queen, but want the public holiday for her 'birthday' and guess what is on the top off their lists - Buckingham Palace and other royal places, and it should be with pride that they clean the country for her birthday celebrations. Other European countries have done it. A clean environment helps tourism, and therefore brings in the big bucks.
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    6:43pm
    No points for the name 'Clean for the Queen'.

    But a campaign of, 'Clean up Britain'???

    Yeah, right!!!! You would end up with race riots!!!!
    JayUK
    7th Jan 2016
    5:58pm
    You're right Peter...I didn't think that one out clearly!!!
    Gammer
    6th Jan 2016
    11:13pm
    Agree with Bookworm that the campaign name would have alienated some. I pick up rubbish most mornings whilst walking my dog and have even found unopened items of mail which I have reposted. I have to say that some of my neighbours don't even keep their own gardens and houses in good repair, neat and tidy, so, sadly, they are most unlikely to ever care for the wider environment. They probably laugh at those of us who do care and pick up other folk's rubbish but the thought doesn't deter me. Keep Australia Beautiful Forever!!