£173m per week? What a bargain!

What stonking value for money!  According to Budget figures being widely reported in the media today we will be paying over £173 million to the EU each and every week by 2015.  That is not even £3 per week from every man, woman and child in the UK.

For this tiny sum we get thousands of hyperactive bureaucrats, hundreds of laws, regulations and directives, and hundreds of MEPs who are immune from prosecution for tax evasion.  We get a disembowelled military to fulfil the EU’s dream of a Euro Army, we are given the opportunity to contribute billions to the bailout of countries that won’t reduce their profligate unfunded spending, we get to give criminals the vote while they are entertained in prison, and we get to keep dozens of terrorists and law breakers here so they can enjoy a family life or dodge summary justice in their home countries.

There is so much more besides. What are people complaining about?  Just think, we don’t have to worry about democracy any more so there’s no need for us to think about what we want and how we achieve it, it’s all decided for us.  There’s no need to worry about rising taxes because the money will find its way to those deserving super corporations who wield their influence to ensure we pay more for all our goods and services.  Competition?  What a headache. Why put up with the confusion of finding the lowest prices when the EU can intimidate everyone into paying the same high charges?  It’s great.

Don’t forget we get to plant windmills across our over rated countryside, we are allowed to shut down power stations to leave us short of electricity, and we receive the entitlement to pay hundreds of pounds extra each year on top of our energy bills to fund the renewables obligation.  And to cap it all we get to pay ever more for our Westminster MPs who choose to be powerless to stop this joyous state of affairs.

£9bn a year to the EU?  We’ve never had it so good.

13 Responses to “£173m per week? What a bargain!”

  1. 1 microdave 26/03/2011 at 2:36 pm

    I’m thinking back to “Not The Nine O’Clock News”

    Only £3 a week – it’s far too low!!

  2. 2 permanentexpat 26/03/2011 at 3:39 pm

    It’s five minutes past twelve.
    We could, of course, put the clock back an hour but that would require getting up & doing something about it.

  3. 3 meltemian 26/03/2011 at 4:19 pm

    “£3 per week from every man, woman and child in the UK”

    Bargain!! ……but on top of that you have to realise that not EVERY man, woman or child is actually paying it.
    What percentage of the population is actually doing the paying as opposed to doing the getting?

  4. 4 woodsy42 26/03/2011 at 4:56 pm

    I like the sound of this! Will I also be encouraged to use an exciting high performance electric car that needs overnight charging every 100 miles and has ‘real motor noises’ (TM). And can I use these wonderful light bubs that make small text indecipherable? When does this utopian lifestyle start?

  5. 5 Bob Doney 26/03/2011 at 6:01 pm

    AM, you left out the best bit: all the millions of friendly folks who can come as of right and share our pain and the few remaining jobs. They will shortly be joined by a veritable tsunami (am I allowed to say the “t” word here?) of North Africans, handily displaced by EU weapons and meddling.

  6. 6 EFTA not EU 26/03/2011 at 6:05 pm

    Peter Hitchen’s masterful documentary on Britain’s troubled relationship with the EU and why Britain should leave…

  7. 7 EFTA not EU 26/03/2011 at 6:07 pm

    Britain on the Brink – an excellent programme with contributions from Christopher Booker, Patrick Moore and many others.

    This is what your money is paying for – the erosion of your British freedoms.

  8. 8 Brian H 26/03/2011 at 7:02 pm

    Hey, what are the BoE’s printing presses for?

    Suicidal Fiscal Delusion is so entertaining.

  9. 9 jameshigham 27/03/2011 at 8:07 pm

    May we leave now?

  10. 10 Span Ows 28/03/2011 at 5:14 pm

    Interesting. So the EU payment plus the UK debt interest payment add up to over a billion (yes BILLION) quid a week.

    P.S. Yes I know those figures are totally unrelated but the 173 sem to fit so nicely with the 120/day (840/week) of the debt interest.

  11. 11 right_writes 29/03/2011 at 11:45 am


    I want to pay more!

    How do I go about this?

  12. 12 neil craig 29/03/2011 at 4:32 pm

    What we pay is minor compared to the 5.5% of GNP even EU Commissioners admit their regulation costs us. http://www.openeurope.org.uk/media-centre/bulletin.aspx?bulletinid=42

  13. 13 Mr L 30/03/2011 at 5:32 pm

    I have never understood why national politicians continue to think the EU is a good idea. Of course, if the BBC were ever to challenge them we might find out. But what chance of that??

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