"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."

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Stench From Berlaymont

MEPs have been caught in a Sunday Times sting accepting €100,000 bribes to amend EU laws.

Three MEPs have been caught agreeing to accept secret payments to alter laws.  The Austrian, Romanian and Slovenian MEPs put forward amendments believing they would be paid for the work with a €100,000 (£87,300) annual salary, a consultancy fee or both.

Journalists, posing as public affairs executives, contacted over sixty MEPs asking if they would be interested in a paid role as an adviser.  Fourteen MEPs expressed an interest and met the reporters.

When confronted, Adrian Severin MEP, the former Romanian Deputy Prime Minister, said:
“I didn’t do anything that was, let’s say, illegal or against any normal behaviour we have here.”
In the case of Severin, the MEP emailed the Sunday Times reporters, writing: "Just to let you know that the amendment desired by you has been tabled in due time," and submitted an invoice for €12,000

Former Austrian Minister, Ernst Strasser, has resigned despite saying he has "done nothing wrong".
Strasser boasted to undercover journalists that he earns £436,000 a year for lobbying on top of his MEP salary and personal allowances of over £190,000.
We've heard all that before, almost word-for-word, from our very own Westminster Executive.

Apparently two British MEPs were also involved but, as yet, there's no word who they are.  Dan Hannan has blogged about it. 

Cash for access, cash for honours, cash for laws.  Is there nothing venal these stinking hypocrites won't do?  And this is the institution that Cameron says the country is better off in and refuses to allow us a referendum despite giving us a poxy one on AV to appease his Liberal pals.  Cameron stinks too.

Be there at 1pm this Saturday - let's show them we've had enough and won't take it anymore.  Left/Right - it doesn't matter.  We should join together and reclaim our sovereignty.  Bring your zimmer frame, bring your walking stick, bring your nurse and your iv drip if you have to - just BE there.

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