MEPS LIVING THE HIGH LIFE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER – The scale of fair salaries is nowhere near balanced when you look at what an MEP gets paid and the fact that their jobs are loaded with exorbitant perks.
While we might think that the recent pay rises of our MPs is little more than a slap in the face for the British taxpayer; especially considering how little work an MP does, it is nothing more than a mere drop in the ocean of greed when it comes to the un-elected MEP we have to subsidise.
According to the latest reports an MEP can earn up to 740% more than the average working citizen. On top of this they are often afforded free travel, have petrol allowance of 52 gallons (for personal use) per month and combined their salaries alone are costing us £137 million a MONTH.
Austerity is a word that Euro MPs and our own just love to use; it’s a way for them to force us to tighten our belts, work harder and forego any luxuries we might want to treat ourselves to from time to time.
We understand that in difficult times austerity measures are sensible but then we realise that MPs and MEPs are not playing with the same deck of cards.
If you have ever felt like it’s ‘you’ against ‘them’ then this will be one of those times where you will no doubt place your head in your hands and ask yourself; how did we let our Government take us to the abyss of self interest and greed that serves one purpose and one purpose only – to give jobs to the incapable, inadequate, inept, greedy, lying, corrupt officials we call MPs and MEPs; how indeed?
According to the graphic below the French are the worse off; when it comes to the ratio of salaries of working class and MEPs. In fact MEPs get paid an average of 740% more than the average French worker.
Is it any wonder why the British taxpayer was forced this year to increase the revenue we provide to the EU by a further £770 million? While we are forced to live on next to nothing MEPs are demanding ever increasing budgets and its obvious where the money is going.
On average the un-elected MEP now receives an average annual salary of nearly £183,000, which includes allowances for them turning up for work and travelling.
If you compared that with the average British wage then you are looking at an eye-watering 695% more and yet despite this MEPs and our own MPs are calling us ‘fruit cakes’ and ‘loons’ for wanting to pull out of Europe.
There are of course a number of benefits to being part of the EU, including the right of movement, the right to work and then there are the trade benefits. Unfortunately these benefits are overshadowed by the greed and corruption of the EU and it is little wonder why David Cameron doesn’t want to pull out; after all when we sack him in the 2015 General Election he’ll being rewarded with a nice cushy job in the EU, with a much higher salary than he’s on now, and all at the expense of the taxpayer, where I might add he can continue to dictate to us what we can and cannot do through EU legislation.
Is it really any surprise why we are in a recession when our own MPs and MEPs won’t commit to the austerity measures it imposes on everyone else? If you are still kidding yourself that we live in a democratic society then start taking a closer look.
Each year more and more EU Commissioners are appointed; none of whom are elected. MEPs are made up of ‘failed’ politicians from other member EU states all of which are awarded outrageous salaries at our expense.
From their seats of power these people dictate to us on a daily basis and the longer we remain part of the EU the worse it can get.
Yes I’ve heard all the arguments for and against leaving Europe but quite frankly it appears there are more benefits to pulling out – all we really need is a unilateral trade agreement and that should be more than sufficient.
Now you might be more than a little shocked at the vast salaries MEPs receive but this is nothing compared to the ‘office allowance’ of £217,000 that each MEP is allowed to have and once again clearly demonstrates the divide and why I for one will be voting UKIP in the next General Election in the hope that we can finally get rid of the monkey scratching at our backs.
Do you think all MPs and MEPs should work on ‘minimum wage’? Would you like to see the UK pull out of the EU? Have your say… leave your comments below.