"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."

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Waterfield Says It All

Bruno Waterfield has written a pleasingly insulting article about the EU for this afternoon's DT.

"Can or should Brussels be immune from the deep cuts that are the national trend in every single EU country?

The European Commission's demand that the British government digs deep into its pockets to find an extra £682 million is a political choice.

That money could be used to reverse two year's worth of cuts to child tax credits for families with children under the age of one.

Or spent in Brussels it can help pay for the salaries of Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president and Baroness Ashton, Europe's foreign minister. Both are unelected but their pay and perks are the highest of any politician in the world.

There's is also that recent increase of £32,000 a year for each and every MEP towards new assistants or pay rises for existing researchers. Over 50 assistants or researchers are already paid between £68,000 and £80,000 a year.

Let's not forget, this year MEPs also voted to double their budget for champagne receptions, increased spending on their courtesy limousines and splashed out £90 million on a "House of European History".

And, then, finally think of the Hungarian dogs and the £350,000 an EU la-la-land project spent on improving their "lifestyles".

Choices, choices, how would you choose if it was up to you?

By demanding this extra money the EU has gone beyond any possible satire or parody to prove that it is entirely unrepresentative of voters and political developments across Europe."
He's right - the whole thing has gone beyond a joke as the worst of the worst comes to the fore and they become sad parodies of themselves (though I see the word 'populist' is being used again to denote something negative; these europrats still make me laugh).  They've had it their way for long enough; we've been very patient, particularly with Cameron and our own Westminster Executive.   The fightback continues at the local elections on 5th May. Kick out the Lib/Lab/Con con.

UPDATE: Hannan also has something to say and he asks:  "Where are the protest marches?":

Wage reduction targets
Country Reductions
Belgium 0.7% savings on personnel expenditures
Czech Republic 10% wage cut in the public sector (excluding teachers).
Estonia 9% savings on personnel expenditures.
France Freezing public sector wages in 2011.
Greece Allowances cut by 20% in 2010. Abolishing the 13th and 14th month bonuses for monthly earnings above EUR 3 000 (=14%).
Ireland 13.5% public sector wage cut in 2009-10. More cuts expected in 2011-14.
Portugal 5% wage cut in the public sector. 0.11% to 0.84% of GDP wage cut by 2013.
Slovak Republic 10% wage cut in central government.
Slovenia 14% wage and public intermediate consumption cut.
Spain 5% wage cut in 2010, frozen in 2011.
United Kingdom Two-year wage freeze.

Staff reduction targets

Country Reductions
Austria 3 000 federal officials by 2014
France 97 000 public sector jobs by only replacing 1 out of 2 retiring state employees
Germany 10 000 federal public sector jobs by 2014
Greece 20% of retiring employees replaced, fewer public short-term contract employees
Ireland 24 750 public sector jobs by 2014
Portugal Recruitment freeze of civil servants (no replacements)
Slovenia 1% of public sector employees from 2010-11
Spain 10% replacement of vacant positions between 2011-13
United Kingdom 330 000 public sector jobs by 2014
Source: “OECD Fiscal Consolidation Survey 2010”

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