At a time when national governments are making cuts of up to 25% to 40% on budgets, is it too much to ask the EU to make cuts to its budget too?
Well I wouldn't have thought so, but the EU are demanding an inflation busting 6% increase! Our (UK) contribution will aparantly go up by enough to cover student tuition fees twice over!
This was being voted on in parliament last Wednesday (13th) A brave MP did put an amendment calling for the budget to be cut, but this was defeated by a massive 252 to 42.
Mike Weatherly MP (Con - Hove) voted against a reduction as did Simon Kirby MP (Con - Brighton Kemptown) while Caroline Lucas (Green - Brighton Pavilion) did not vote at all.
The people of Brighton, Hove and Portslade should be asking serious questions of the MPs they elected to protect their interests.
The rest of Europe is not happy:
So why are the supposedly EU-Sceptic Conservatives being so compliant?
Roger Helmer MEP (Con) seems to be realising the truth about the party he is a member of: