"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."

Sunday, 24 April 2011

The EU Budget Increase

The 4.9% overall budget increase being demanded by the European Commission, which they say is essential to fulfill their legal obligations, includes a pension increase of 4%.  Of the additional £680m being asked of Britain, £170m is a contribution to the EU pensions bill of £1.2bn
Average annual pensions for the 19,083 retired officials benefiting from the scheme are £60,602. The highest ranking officials can expect £102,000. 10% of officials are taking early retirement with full benefits.
So not only are they making sure their pockets are well-lined when they leave office they're also taking early retirement while the rest of see our retirement age recede further into the distance. No wonder Patrizio Fiorilli couldn't keep the smirk from his face last Thursday.

I hope Cameron and Osborne find a backbone and do the decent thing this time and defend this country and the people from the money-grabbing control freaks in Europe.

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