Thursday, October 21, 2010

This must be a bitter pill

As the Boy-King, his best friend, little Georgie-Porgie and their other little friends are slapping each other on the back and rolling around with excitement at the thought of all those cuts in welfare spending and one or two other things (though one suspects the final tally will not be all that impressive) news comes that the European Parliament has voted to increase the 2011 EU budget by 5.9 per cent.
If the EU budget was frozen at 2010 levels (€123bn or £108.2bn) the UK contribution would have been £14.82bn. But under the European Parliament’s increased budget (€130bn or £114.4bn) the UK will contribute £15.67bn. This represents an increase £843m to the UK’s gross contribution.
We knew it, did we not? Cameron just had to turn round and wag his finger at them and all will be well.
On top of that, Britain has been defeated on extension of maternity leave: The European Parliament has today voted to extend the European Commission’s proposals on maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay. An internal European Parliament impact assessment estimates that the cost of the changes to the UK will be €3 billion (£2.5 billion) per annum. This figure has been confirmed by the UK Government.
Clearly we are winning in Europe. Not!


  1. Ah yes, but you're forgetting that the common folk are simple people and need to be lead by enlightened elites such as those magnificent examples in the photo. The people will learn to love the EU one day and see that it is merely, humbly, serving their greater good... though I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for it to happen.

  2. Or they might learn to love the Cleggeron Coalition but I am not holding my breath on that either.