Walter wrote :"Seriously: the UK certainly is a major contributor to the EU budget .... because it is one of the four largest economies in that community.
But has consistently paid less than France and ( Italy, not to speak about Germany. As a share of gross national income, the UK pays the least of all Member States into the EU budget (Hint: Thatcher/UK rebate, implemented since 1985)"
So basically, Walter, your argument seems to be that although Britain pays in a massive amount of money more than it gets out, other countries, including your own, pay more proportionately.
We kick up a fuss about the cost, corruption and waste, and question how the money that finally reaches the end user is spent. And you (other eu members) then kick up a fuss because WE dare to kick up a fuss!
I scratch my head at this.
For instance, you very helpfully provided a chart and graph re. Payments, now please can you also provide a chart and graph to tell me the last audit date when Brussells had its books checked and "signed off", ie shown to balance.
We are talking billions and billions of euros sloshing about, unaudited and potentially going to some very dodgy recipients.
The British Government and its people then have the temerity to query all this.
Just because your country and others happily pay more and play along with it all like good little boys and girls, you don't need to get all huffy with the Brits because we dont want to join in.
What I can't understand is why you abd the others are so docile and accepting of such a system.
I have absolutely no objection to the rich paying more to help the poor develop and prosper, but the way that the EU puts tbis into practise would
even make a Mafia Don blush.
I once went to Rhodes (Greek Island for anyone wondering) and had a friendly chat at the bar with the Hotel owner.
He was born in Rhodes and left in his twenties to live and work in London.
He had returned "home" after making enough money to buy the Hotel and was making a fair living.
He told me that all the major roadworks outside was an EU initiative, whereby every single square inch of road on every single Greek Island (and there are hundreds) was being tarmaced.
By the end of the year, he told me, Rhodes would be covered in black, smooth, shiny roads, all paid for by the EU.
This included every single farm track, some in the middle of nowhere, some leading to derelict farns.
He said that the big "families" (Greece has its Mafia too) had divided the work up between them, set their own highly inflated prices and employed their own people.
He estimated that the family who controlled Rhodes would pocket at least a million euros before an inch of tarmac had been laid.
The first "roads" to be tarmaced on Rhodes were four that were especially created that ran to four separate building plots in the middle of various fields where the Don intended buiding four luxurious houses for his sons and daughters.
Why is it seemingly only the Brits who get mad about how all this money is wasted?
Should we all learn to turn a blind eye like the rest of Europe?