Tis the Season for a Jolly

On Wednesday, the Evening Standard revealed the menu of the Christmas lunch being laid on for MEPs in the European Parliament’s restaurant in Brussels. They also printed an outraged reaction from UKIP’s deputy leader, MEP Paul Nuttall, who commented: “It sounds delicious, but it is a kick in the teeth for hard pressed families across the country that they are subsidising our pleasures.”

Since both Mr Nuttall and party leader Nigel Farage count themselves among the number of MEPs who are apparently paid £6,300 a month, “hard-pressed families” probably wouldn’t be amused to learn that man-of-the-people Nige has only taken the trouble to turn up and vote in 42.97% of the European Parliament’s roll-call votes (according to VoteWatch Europe) while, in July of 2010, Mr Nuttall bragged on his own website  that “alongside UKIP MEPs David Campbell Bannerman and Godfrey Bloom, my attendance record at plenary sessions is the lowest of any British MEP.”

This naked contempt for the democratic process exposes the lie at the heart of UKIP – they are not shaking-up politics and representing the people, they are skiving off politics and representing no-one but themselves. The whole point of democracy is that elected politicians work for us – these charlatans are openly ripping us off, effectively stealing from the public purse while pursuing their own agendas, and laughing about it. That’s the real “kick in the teeth.”

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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One Response to Tis the Season for a Jolly

  1. vera ersilia says:

    Just so in every country.

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