Governments all over Europe are implementing austerity, cutting the size of their civil services, cutting services, and investment in their economies, and raising taxes to sort out their public finances; and whilst European citizens are feeling the bite of these cuts our representatives in Brussels, have been trying to vote themselves an even bigger budget! Our MEP have suggested the EU budget rather than share the pain, should instead be increased by 5.9%.
So whilst we are suffering the loss of services and benefits in our every day lives, the European Union is investing inter alia in more staff for the MEP, and services which have functioned very well at national level for centuries, and is certainly not a core function of the EU like a new foreign relations service which is already massively over budget! 6h and of course regulating hedge funds which are for roughly 90% of them in London, and have very little to do with Europe.
Of course in a time of austerity, it must seem natural for MEPs that we really need more bureaucrats duplicating work already done at national level very well. And naturally when our public servants are having their salaries frozen, and pensions reviewed, it is perfectly justifiable to agree to pay these new officials even more than our national ones. After it seemed to them sensible to pay the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs more than the British Prime Minister, or even the American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even though she will have less responsibility!
Sometimes it is difficult to decide if our European representatives, and ‘bureaucratic bonapartes’ in Brussels, are completely cut off from reality, mad, or simply cynically jesting about how states if they cannot ‘afford bread they should eat cake’ whilst emptying their champagne glasses, and looking forward to their next pay rise! Maybe it might be time for a new revolution, and figuratively speaking cut of a few more head.