Thursday, February 21, 2008

No alarms and no surprises...

Budgetary control in the EU is notoriously lax, and so it is no surprise to find out that MEPs' expenses appear to be a little... er... troublesome.
Senior Euro-MPs and European Union officials have tried to hush up an internal audit that found severe problems and endemic misuse of funds worth at least £98.4 million a year, more than £125,000 for each of the 785 Euro-MPs.

Such is the extent of the abuse found in a sample group of 167 Euro-MPs that "terrified" parliamentary authorities have shrouded the report in secrecy and security.

"We want reform but we cannot make this report available to the public if we want people to vote in the European elections next year," said a source close to the decision.

I think that Timmy provides the best translation for that sentence.
We cannot allow this report to be available to the public if we want people to vote for us in the European elections next year.

And we must continue to vote for them so that they may continue to built EUtopia* for us all.
Only Euro-MPs on the parliament's budget control committee are allowed to see the report.

To do so, they must apply to enter a "secret room", protected by biometric locks and security guards. They may not take notes and must sign a confidentiality agreement.

Last night, after an emergency meeting of senior officials including Mr Rømer and Mr Pöttering, triggered by The Daily Telegraph's investigation, a spokesman for the parliament denied a cover-up.

"The document is not secret. It is confidential," he said. "It can be read by Euro-MPs on the budget control committee, in the secret room but not generally. That is not the same as a secret document nobody can read."

Oh, well, that's alright then. A document that almost nobody can read (and then not until they have signed a non-disclosure form) is definitely not the same as a secret document. By this thinking, MI5 and MI6 don't have any secret documents and neither does anyone else. It means that there is, in fact, no such thing as a secret document because everyone will have read every document at some stage.

Well, that's a weight off my mind, I can tell you...

* Yes, I have pinched this off Nosemonkey.
... I’m fully aware that the EU is anything but a perfect society. Utopia, after all, was “No place”—it didn’t exist.



Anonymous said...

The fucking 'secret room' that will be next to the secret cells for Europol to whisk us off to then for not being sufficiently supportive of the 'project.'

Fuck me the EU does not even bother to pretend to give a fuck for democracy or 'the people' and still it rolls on.

Vote UKIP.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile (& o/t) Kosova is the new Munich. Kosova is the new Sudetenland. The UK has appeased EU/Germany by recognising the partition of Serbia, a sovereign state. Instead of tanks the EU is offering Serbia Euros to be nice about it.

Kosova, MEP expenses, Conway, no referendum, Livingstone, Northern Rock, Hain... I despair

Anonymous said...


You sir, and others on this site, may despair (as do I) but the reality of the situation is that the vast majority do not give a monkey's fuck what is going on with the EU, political corruption on all levels, etc etc.

Hence, the masters continue to fill their faces at the trough while the slaves work to provide the money to fill the swill bucket.

Vicola said...

What baffles me is that anyone is suprised by the fact that the Euro-bastards are filching cash left right and centre. I'd always assumed that this was what they spent the time they had between champagne lunches and banquets doing. It must be, nothing even vaguely useful has come from them so they can't actually be spending their time working.

Ingram said...

I'm going to have to look to see if this has been reported in the French press as the French people I work with believe nothing is wrong with the EU and they won't believe this Telegraph piece if I show it to them. They are conditioned to only think how the EU wants them too.

FYI, You missed a closing of the small font in footnotes: all the blog thereafter is in small font also...

curly15 said...

And they want us to accept Bliar as the next European Emperor!!