Cuts at home, but in Brussels, the party goes on.

spotty

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Today, every Irish person was understandably focused on the meetings going on in Dublin to identify massive cuts in our budget.

Every English person was focused on the massive cuts to their budget.

Every French person was focused on the cuts in their pensions.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, our MEPs were voting to increase their own budget by 5.9%, and that's over and above the previously agreed increase for 2011.

Why is it that national governments have to make painful decisions, but EU bureaucracy grows and grows?

Why do national MPs and TDs have to take the hard decisions, while our anonymous MEPs (who's heard from their MEP since they voted for them?) get to award themselves more of our money?

Why the pain for some, but the largesse for a protected class of unaccountable criminals in Brussels?

Why?

Spotty wonders.

For the record, FT, if you use the word "elites" once in this thread, Spotty will mock you mercilessly. They're crooks, but they are no better than the rest of us. They just think they are.

While George Osborne was announcing the cuts, MEPs were pushing through an increase that will cost Britain £880 million – Telegraph Blogs
 


spotty

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For the record - the vote was supported by the EPP, the PSE, and the ALDE.

The three big parties can't come to a consensus on screwing you at home, but they're more than able to do it in Europe.

Spotty can't vouch for how Joe Higgins voted.
 

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*tumbleweed rolls by*
 

eoghanacht

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Eoghanacht thinks spotty needs to wake up to the cold hard fact that politic's is solely about self enrichment, until we do away with this so called democracy then those that get voted into National or The European parliament will work tirelessy for that aforementionned self enrichment.

Eoghanacht would like to see Direct Democracy and a federation of sovereign independant states
 

deiseguy

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*tumbleweed rolls by*
I've been there, it's a motherf**ker, you do some thinking go to the thread starter put your thoughts out there for all to see and ridicule and then no bastard turns up. It's like gettiing ready for a match full sure you're starting and one of the selectors comes over during the warm-up and says we're starting Liam instead.
 

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Meanwhile, in Brussels, our MEPs were voting to increase their own budget by 5.9%, and that's over and above the previously agreed increase for 2011.
Really, how much of the 5.9% increase goes to the MEPs themselves?
 

vanla sighs

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In line with a decision by the GUE/NGL group that Joe Higgins is a member of - he abstained on the vote.
He abstained? Was there a problem with the button marked "NO".... or is that "NON"? They should have opposed it and not simply abstained. I like Higgins but he should've voted against it.
 

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He abstained? Was there a problem with the button marked "NO".... or is that "NON"? They should have opposed it and not simply abstained. I like Higgins but he should've voted against it.
Try the GUE/NGL website - there might be an explanation for the decision to abstain.
 

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Pray tell, who pays for the EU machine? Who monitors its value for money? Who gives a feck at all. It's a runaway monster IMV. It is cloaked in so much obfuscation that the EU country members are bamboozled!! And it is not funny either.

Merkel and Sarky are making sure we all sing from their sheet about our own expenditure at the moment too.

I remember someone in the EU audit department was silenced for whistleblowing about the largesse going on there.

This EU monster needs an austerity measure of its own methinks.
 

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(who's heard from their MEP since they voted for them?)
Wait...you mean people are actually going out and voting for these people? I'd actually thought they were just there by default. Well, there's the problem then isn't it? Stop voting for them, no more MEP's.
 

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Wait...you mean people are actually going out and voting for these people? I'd actually thought they were just there by default. Well, there's the problem then isn't it? Stop voting for them, no more MEP's.
Doesn't mean you won't have the other appointed politicians with the real power. Remember, people also voted for the members of the Supreme Soviet, just like they vote for the members of the National People's Congress in China today, but a rubber stamp is a rubber stamp.
 


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