Eighteen "phantom" MEPs will be elected on full pay and perks next month despite not being able to start work for up to two years due to Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty.
The extra candidates will be chosen in the European Union elections on June 4 despite the agreement, which increases the number of MEPs from 736 to 754, remaining unsigned.
Amid confusion over when and how they will take up their seats, the European Parliament has decided to give the MEPs only "observer" status from next year.
The deal will mean they can draw full salaries and allowances at an annual cost of over £6 million without any legislative duties to carry out.
The 18 MEPs, from 12 EU countries, including Britain's West Midlands region, will be paid more than £76,000 a year, with staff and office allowances worth £210,000.
They will also be entitled to tax-free allowances of £255 for every day of their limbo existence in Brussels and can claim back business class travel.
Fucking hellski. I mean, it's bad enough that they are getting all of the salaries, perks and expenses—and, of course, the EU wouldn't let us see the report on the MEPs' excesses, remember—but there is a far more sinister aspect of this too, as Trixy points out. [Emphasis mine.]
Let's just set aside, for the moment, the fact that we will be having an additional 18 MEPs elected who won't be doing any fucking work but will be living off the tax payer: they are so determined and confident that they can get this treaty through that they're even altering the legal system to accommodate it.
So, despite the fact that the Lisbon Treaty (or EU Constitution, whatever you want to call it) was voted down by the people of Ireland, France and the Netherlands, the powers that be in the EU are starting to enact it into law anyway.
As a matter of fact, vast swathes of the Treaty have already been enacted and many of the bodies supposedly formed by the Treaty's adoption have been up and running for a number of years.
Their contempt for us—the peoples of Europe—is total: these fuckers have a plan and they are going to enact it whether we, the people, like it or not.
It is events like this that act as salient reminders that the reform of Westminster is a moot point: since our MPs do not control the majority of legislation that passes through the House, it little matters how they act.
And since not one of the three main parties is planning to remove us from this insanity, there seems to be nothing that we can do to stop the irresistible rise of this illiberal, totalitarian, supranational European Union.
MPs and their hangers-on have recently been whining about how our lords and masters no longer have any power; as I pointed out a couple of days ago, that is no one's fault but their own.
But, as many people have concluded, the expenses row and, especially, the resignation of Michael Martin, are simply sideshows: the real issue is the powerlessness of Parliament. Some MPs and their accolytes are now using this as an excuse: it is not.
After all, who was it who ceded the power to the EU in the first place? The politicians.
Who is it that has failed to hold the Executive to account or to curb its power? The politicians.
Oh, but that's not fair, is it? Many of these politicians were not in Parliament when these changes were enacted. No, that's true: they were not.
But they still have the power to change things. If they want their power back from the EU, for instance, they need only repeal the European Communities Act 1972 (time is running out on this though: once the Lisbon Treaty is signed, this relatively simple option will no longer exist). Sure, there would be a lot of law to unpick afterwards, and a lot of negotiating to do with the rest of the EU countries—but isn't that kind of thing precisely what we pay the fuckers to do?
But not one of these bastards has proposed that.
In fact, have you seen one single proposal from any of these cunts that would return power to Westminster? No, nor have I.
As long as the MPs were able to fill their capacious fucking boots, they were happy to turn a blind eye to the destruction of Parliament's power and the growth of unaccountable bodies. In fact, it made life far, far easier for them: they had all of the perks, but none of the responsibilities (whilst simultaneously deeming it suitable to chastise us for following their lead).
We are all fucked, and the MPs have brought us to this place of fuckage. And, as EUReferendum continues to point out, these bastards continue to wank on about "big changes" being needed when, in fact, they are actually proposing the least change that they think they can get away with.
These cunts continue to play us for fools—and it looks like they'll get away with it.