Thursday, November 07, 2013

I see that millions of Euros have allegedly been trousered by the Mafia instead of reaching the intended destination of helping disaster victims and rebuilding of the town of L`Aquila in Italy which was badly affected by last year`s devastating earthquake. More than £450million from the EU`s `Solidarity Fund` went to the town where thousands of homes were destroyed and where over 300 people died.  

But in a draft report on the effectiveness of the aid, it is claimed that some of the money was paid  to companies `with direct or indirect ties` to organised crime and accuses the EU Commission of allowing fraud to take place on its watch.   The Commission has predictably rejected the allegation of misuse and insists that the distribution of funds has been `monitored carefully.`  So that`s alright then.

It also transpires that British taxpayers will have to cough up an extra £800million after the EU spent nearly £6billion `in error` last year.   The European Court of Auditors have refused yet again to sign off the EU accounts - for the 19th year in succession - and revealed that EU spending errors are 23% up on the year before.  It seems that a staggering £5.7billion was paid out to `ineligible projects` of which Britain`s share is £832million.   The Auditors also found that control of another £117billion was only `partially effective.`  A European Commission spokesman attempted to defend the situation by insisting that taxpayers would not have to pay the £832million of Britain`s share, claiming that instead it would be `clawed back.`  So that`s alright then.

Now if I was a paid up member of a club that treated its members with such patronising contempt and which conducted its business in such a cavalier and unaccountable manner I`m pretty sure I would have ripped up my membership card by now and walked away from it for good.   But with the EU it doesn`t really matter - it`s just other people`s money.   So that`s alright then.  Isn`t it?.


Ray Turner said...

I think (and hope) that the first country to leave the EU will set a precedent that other members states feel obliged to follow, or which will force the EU to change radically for the better.

For instance, if the UK left and our economy really took off, that would be a clear message to all the other member states. They couldn't afford to ignore it.

That is of course why the EU Bureautwats and the pro-Europe lobby don't want anybody to leave...

Snopper said...
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Snopper said...

`That is of course why the EU Bureautwats and the pro-Europe lobby don't want anybody to leave...` you said.

....along with the BBC and now the boss of Nissan. It`s interesting that already the main thrust of argument by the Europhiles is all about the economy and jobs, whilst there`s no evidence of any meltdown being likely. Again I have a basic point (most of mine are pretty basic) and it`s that the economy, jobs, investment, etc. will be what they will be, but if we do leave the EU at least we will retain the most important thing of all - our self-determination and our sovereignty...and I don`t think you can put a price on that.