EU CONTINUES TO SPEND, SPEND, SPEND – Last week the EU played Oliver Twist yet again as it polished its begging bowl and asked European members states to cough up another £3.4 billion in order to stave off bankruptcy – this was in addition to the £6.4 billion bailout earlier this year.
In the latest round the EU has demanded that Britain throw in £450 million as its contribution and once again the British taxpayer is shaking its head asking why we are still in the EU.
According to the EU’s Fiscal Factbook it spent over £2.4 billion on advertising campaigns – what exactly the EU needs to advertise for is beyond me but I can tell you the budget is larger than Coca-Cola’s worldwide advertising campaigns – Coca-Cola is of course a highly profitable commercial entity run by professionals; something the EU woefully lacks.
The British taxpayer is the second largest contributor to the EU, just behind Germany. MEPs are also provided with a €300 a day expense allowance and it wasn’t that long ago that it was revealed how this was being abused by MEPs turning up at 6pm, signing in to claim their expenses and then leaving not 30 minutes later.
So where else do the non-elected EU members spend our money? The EU has of course a number of schemes that not only waste taxpayer’s money but also provide direct benefit for the MEP’s; such as their expense accounts – see the above link and you’ll fully understand just how easily MEP’s are allowed to financially rape the taxpayer.
One part of the factbook details £160,000 being provided to a fitness and rehabilitation centre for dogs in Hungary – you might think that this is not such a bad idea but alas this project is so poorly managed that despite the money spent it still isn’t open; in fact the project started in 2009 and hasn’t made any progress, other than spending taxpayer’s cash.
You might be wondering how the EU could spend £160,000 and have nothing to show for it. According to the records the £160,000 was given over to an IT company called Gyrotech. The company built brand new offices with the money and then basically abandoned them. To date nobody has been held accountable for the wasted funds.
The EU also has no less than 44 diplomats stationed in Barbados – yes nice work if you can get it and no doubt they are all on a very nice salary and able to claim their €300 a day in expenses.
“Britain’s contribution to the EU gets bigger every year.
That means bigger tax bills for families and too much of the money is wasted. Brussels also makes life difficult for British businesses with draconian regulations.” Matthew Elliott, Taxpayer’s Alliance
When it comes to getting the MEPs and their staff between the European Parliament’s two headquarters – these being Brussels and Strasbourg – no expense is spared; in fact last year MEPs spent a total of £150 million on travel expenses; none of which is likely to be less than Business Class but most of it First Class or even private jets.
Is it any wonder why UKIP leader Nigel Farage spends so much time in the European Parliament calling the likes of Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, incompetent and asking him to uncover the truth?
According to Mr. Rompuy it’s not the fault of the EU but rather the press for detailing every failure, therefore making the EU and its non-elected commissioners appear incompetent and corrupt – yes only a politician could come up with that level of reasoning.
This year alone the EU member states will inject £126 billion into the European Parliament; that’s an increase of 8.4 per cent on the previous year.
Where else does you money go? Well there’s another £44 billion for the Common Agricultural Policy – that was set up by the French in order to shore up its rural economy.
We often think of the EU being a burden or a drain on the British economy and this would appear to be the case for EU regulations against Britain, since 2011, has cost the economy a staggering £124 billion; that’s approximately £5,000 for every household and yet EU supporters continue to tell us that the EU is good for Britain and British business.
Nigel Farage is correct; we need to pull out of the EU before we end up like Greece, Spain or Italy – there is no reason whatsoever why we cannot simply consign our involved in Europe to being just a ‘trade’ partner.
Any organisation that requires a bailout of £6.4 billion and then asks for a further £3.4 billion less than six months later must certainly be cause for alarm.
Britain cannot continue in providing vast sums of money to an organisation that is non-elected and therefore unaccountable to the British taxpayer. What Britain needs now is an EU referendum so that we can pull out and finally reduce the austerity measures imposed upon us – mainly due to shoring up an already failed and incompetent system.