"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 11 February 2010

You Lucky People

Following on from Carswell's (and Stuart's) questions in yesterday's PMQs and Brown's evasive response, here are some figures which might make it clearer:

Last year the UK paid £12.4billion to the EU's budget of about E140 billion euros (sorry, don't have a euro symbol).  Does anyone have a calculator handy?  What does that represent as a proportion of twenty-seven contributing member states?  Is it really 20+%?

The UK is perceived to be rich - and we are, relative to Haiti and other 3rd world authoritarian sh!t-holes -  therefore the thinking is that it should contribute more towards the EU and the equality of society - but not just our society, the 'society of the world'.

How much money did we pay into the IMF last year in order to bolster its funds?  At the time it was said to be dangerously low and wouldn't be able to bail out ailing economies.  How many times did Brown ignore warnings from the IMF about Britain's economy?

Anyone who thinks our taxes haven't already gone into an EU contingency fund to save the euro despite an EU Treaty not to bail out member economies,  is wrong.  It isn't that Greece is too big to fail - it's the EU project. We've already bailed out the EU; we've already bailed out the IMF.

Hello Serbia, hello Croatia, hello Turkey - hello bailout.

I'd love to swear, really I would, but I've been trying so flipping hard since New Year to not call this government a bunch of fucking Fabian bastard inflitrating marxist scum that it would be a shame to let myself down now.


  1. I don't have a calculator either but it is about 8% of the budget, on your figures.

    Didn't you do mental arithmetic at school like I did before calculators and stuff?

  2. Check it out for yourself then, you naughty Bugger. The last I heard the UK contributed 20+% towards the EU.

  3. with Hussein obama at the helm ..were in the same boat !

  4. It is 8 and a half percent GV, according to your figures.

    So are your figures wrong?

  5. In 2007, the gross UK contribution to the EU was approx £12.6billion. The net contribution (when our rebate and receipts are taken into account) is about £4.7billion.

    I a not sure about the budget years block 2007 -2013.

    However I seem to remember that Tony Blair gave it away when he was lobbying to be the first European President.

    A lot of people forget that.

  6. Bugger, what's £12.4 billion expressed as a % of E114billion? Gross contributions -v- gross receipts? No-one forgets that Blair gave up the rebate for nothing in return.

    If you think you're in the same boat Angel, just wait...

  7. Yer calculator is buggered.


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