British taxpayers have been mugged by the European Parliament after it voted for a huge increase in its budget for 2011 while preaching austerity to national governments.
UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen
said that the political and financial crisis which had brought much of France to a standstill because of strike action over austerity measures and which had forced the British government to scrap half the Royal Navy seemed to have passed the European Parliament by unnoticed.
The budgets for the European Parliament's subsidised canteens, staff social activities and MEP entertainment budget have all increased considerably.
"It is unbelievable that MEPs sit here and lecture national government about the need for financial austerity, and then vote themselves a huge increase in resources. They have mugged the citizens of Europe for the last of their small change."
Ms Andreasen added that a small number of budget items would receive less cash for 2011.
"The budget for the exchange of information with national parliaments has fallen by almost 25%. With the Lisbon Treaty, they are reduced to a largely subsidiary role anyway, and clearly the European Parliament saw little point in wasting money on regional talking shops."