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No such thing as EU `gifts`
Date 26/10/2010 11:55  Author webmaster  Hits 1038  Language Global
26 OCT 2010

By Paul Nuttall (To Daily Post) | UKIP North West

Dear Editor

I am astounded that people are still naive enough to believe in Brussel’s “financial largesse”, as described in the Daily Post. (Oct 13)

Largesse – defined as ‘generosity in bestowing money or gifts’ – is one thing EU grants are not.

It costs this country £45m  – and about to rise – every day to be a member of this club and then we go cap in hand to beg for some of it back. Mr Micawber would be turning in his literary grave.

Sure, if a £500 million grant for Merseyside regeneration funding is given it will doubtless be put to good use in creating new jobs and projects.

But basically is a bribe to make us feel that the EU is really helping us and that it is worthwhile. In fact all they are doing is giving back some of our own money – and telling us what to spend it on.

Eu officials talk of wanting to ensure regions, such as our own, remain competitive against rival economies such as Japan and the US. Maybe so, but don’t be fooled, they have their own self-interest in mind, not ours.

If we get this “generosity” we will doubtless once again see those obligatory obsequious signs saying “Thank EU”, brainwashing people into thinking that this could not have happened without the EU. Rubbish, it could, it was our money in the first place.

The rest of the world does not conduct trade on the same political and monetary lines as the EU – because it does not make sense.

We would be better off out.


Paul Nuttall, North West MEP for UKIP