"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, 10 April 2011

MEPs Taking The Mickey

MEPs have voted against an 'austerity package' for themselves, such as it was.  I'm speechless; you'd hope they still retained, somewhere in their blackened hearts, some sense of integrity, honour or self-respect.
"The first amendment to be voted down called for MEPs and senior EU staff to fly economy class for journeys of less than four hours around Europe instead of business class – a proposal that would have saved an estimated £20m a year.

They then rejected an amendment which recommended that "savings in the Parliament should start by its own members", which called for no further increases in MEP salaries and their various parliamentary allowances in 2012.

Finally they rejected a third amendment which stated MEPs should not be paid for both being in the Parliament and travelling to or from it."
UKIP and Conservative MEPs voted for the measures but the LibDems and Labour either voted to keep all their perks and packages or abstained.

They also found time to vote for an increase of 2.3% to the 2012 budget and gave the seal of approval to the multi-million pound 'House of European History' (that's where history begins in 1946), all paid for by taxpayers. Shameless.

All the nasty details


  1. Yup, not surprised.

    What was disgraceful was the way Marta Andraesen was cut short on her complaint about the House of History:


    So much for free speech!

  2. If only we could have a tv channel, something, anything, reporting about events in Brussels - something that wasn't deliberately boring (!) - then people would take more of an interest. If this was on ITV or BBC news, or even the front page of the Sun, people would be scandalised.


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