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    It beggers belief the neck of these people...

    On the same day the British public heard details of the unprecedented cuts in government spending that will affect almost everyone in the country, taxpayers also learnt they'd have to pay extra hundreds of millions of pounds a year to Brussels, as MEPs voted in favour of an increase in their budget.

    Calling the proposed 5.9% increase 'completely irresponsible and unacceptable', David Cameron has just managed to get the EU to limit the budget rise to 2.9%.

    Dispatches reveals that, despite the worldwide credit crunch, it's still possible to get rich out of Europe. The programme details the exceptionally generous package of salary, pension and expenses that MEPs receive and how some have abused the rules to pocket as much cash as possible. While Westminster has tightened up on the expenses system, Brussels still hands out some cash allowances without the need for receipts.

    The programme also looks at the system of agricultural payments, which are supposed to help those British farmers struggling to earn a livelihood and continue producing food. Dispatches shows how millions of pounds in grants have ended up going to some of the best known - and richest - landowners in the country.

    Dispatches also examines how money meant to help deprived areas has actually been spent. In one case the programme discovers that hundreds of UK workers are being laid off and their jobs moved to Poland, funded in part by a multi-million-pound European grant.

    In another case the programme investigates allegations of fraud when a man with a criminal conviction for dishonesty ended up running a project given hundreds of thousands of pounds of EU money.


    Watch it...

    http://www.channel4.com/progra...spatches/4od#3139895

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    Senior Member foxyboy1964's Avatar
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    You know, I'm a big fan of the European project and I would love to see much closer ties between the member states and, eventually, a United States of Europe. These abuses really pi55 me off as they do nothing but weaken the pro Euro case. Brussels has really got to get a grip of this and show that they can be trusted to look after Europe's finances.

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    Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
    You know, I'm a big fan of the European project and I would love to see much closer ties between the member states and, eventually, a United States of Europe. These abuses really pi55 me off as they do nothing but weaken the pro Euro case. Brussels has really got to get a grip of this and show that they can be trusted to look after Europe's finances.

    Thanks for the heads up, Archie
    But they can't be trusted, so this should be the end of it.

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    Originally posted by danjama:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
    You know, I'm a big fan of the European project and I would love to see much closer ties between the member states and, eventually, a United States of Europe. These abuses really pi55 me off as they do nothing but weaken the pro Euro case. Brussels has really got to get a grip of this and show that they can be trusted to look after Europe's finances.

    Thanks for the heads up, Archie
    But they can't be trusted, so this should be the end of it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    What like our politicians are?

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    I use to be a supporter of the EU but I'm starting to see the theory might just remain a theory.

    The practice is disgusting.
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    Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
    I use to be a supporter of the EU but I'm starting to see the theory might just remain a theory.

    The practice is disgusting.
    Pretty much the same with any political ideology.

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