A British lord and former trade minister has claimed the construction of a £100 million royal yacht would boost the nation’s spirits during the coronavirus crisis.
Digby Jones, the Baron of Birmingham and a crossbencher in the House of Lords, pitched the idea on a politics podcast for the UK Telegraph.
He said it would be “one of the biggest morale boosts you could have”.

“We have a damn good chance in this country and a royal yacht at this moment would just be one of those good quality delivery messages,” he said.
He denied that the proposal was either elitist or an “old age thing”, despite the £100 million price tag attached.
“This is something that 13-year old (and) 14-year-old teenagers could relate to as well,” he said.
The previous royal yacht (shown below), HMY Britannia, was decommissioned in 1997.