"Yesterday George Osborne was worrying about £2bln in the budget, and yet today we are faced with another bill of at least £3bln." - Nigel Farage
"The British taxpayer should not have to bail out the stupidity of the Eurozone," UKIP Leader Nigel Farage
said today in response to the imminent bailout of Portugal, amid claims that British taxpayers could be forced to contribute more than £3 billion
of the £61 billion rescue package
"The Euro was a bad idea from day one, the bad fruit was already contained in the seed."
Mr Farage said the Portuguese government of Jose Socrates is now the second victim of the Eurozone crisis, after the Irish threw out Brian Cowen, and he will not be the last.
The Portuguese prime minister resigned yesterday after his austerity programme was voted down in parliament.
"The whole edifice of the Euozone is falling apart, and there is no reason why the British taxpayer should be picking up the pieces.
"Yesterday George Osborne was worrying about £2 billion in the budget, and yet today we are faced with another bill of at least £3 billion.
"With the final act of a finished Labour Government Alistair Darling committed the UK to this bailout fund. It was discredited then and is discredited now. David Cameron should listen to the 76% of people in Britain who rejected this bailout only in January and say 'No'," said Mr Farage.
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