Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 12, 2018

Not Another Attack On Angry Old Men-What About The Angry Old Women?

I might be an angry old man. After all, I keep on reading how, according to ONS figures, the UK had an £82 billion trade deficit with the EU in 2016, and similar EVERY year, I might add. And why should we subsidize Germany, France, and others with such generous trade deals? But what about our angry old women? Some of whom are among the lowest paid pensioners in the entire EU membership and who is paying for it?.

So after Brussels Broadcasting Corporation employee Paxman comes Nick “thick as a brick” Clegg, who has conceded defeat in his fight to keep Britain in the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union and admitted that ‘soft Brexit’ is dead. But only after the former deputy prime minister attacked Brexiteers as “very rich, very angry old men” before comparing them to Bolsheviks who had no mandate for hard Brexit.

Clegg, a former MEP and committed Europhile, said “It was always a nonsense in my view, but there was a feeling that maybe Theresa May would pluck up courage that she’s never displayed hitherto”. Clegg depends on the EU rule that, having worked for the EU, his pensions from it depend on his loyalty and unquestioned devotion to it. Far more than our UK basic state pension of £122 a week!

After his journalism career Clegg moved to Brussels where he worked for five years for the European Commission. He had a job acting as a trade negotiator with China and Russia as a senior member of Leon Brittan’s office, then Vice President of the EC. He became an MEP, and, I kid you not, he co-founded the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform, which led calls for reforms to expenses, transparency and accountability in the European Parliament, about which you might conclude he failed miserably.

EU-employees are exempted from national income tax according to an agreement, the so-called Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the European Union, annexed to the treaties establishing the Union. It’s also well known that EU staff in Brussels and Luxembourg receive a wide range of allowances. A special “Community income tax” is paid by EU staff, admittedly generally lower than national rates of income tax for civil servants.

According to the Open Europe think-tank, which campaigns for EU reform, the Kinnocks earned nearly £8 million in salary and allowances from their EU roles and left with a combined pension – like all EU officials it is index-linked – of £164,693. Mandelson, who totted up more than £1million in salary and allowances as EU Trade Commissioner, qualified for a handout of £311,000 when he stepped down and received an annual pension of £35,543. UK snouts in EU troughs!

‘EU civil servants are immune from legal proceedings in respect of acts performed by them in their official capacity, including their words spoken or written. They shall continue to enjoy this immunity after they have ceased to hold office’ (reference: Protocol on the privileges and immunities of the European Communities of 8 April 1965).

What does that mean? It means that even after they retire, they cannot be confronted by justice for anything they did while in office. Even politicians do not enjoy such an immunity. Our presidents, our ministers, our MPs, our EuroMPs, the European Commissioners, all are only protected by legal immunity for the duration of their mandate. But EU civil servants in Brussels or Luxembourg for instance are protected for life!

Fraud and corruption are rife in the EU. Only yesterday, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for migration, faced allegations he took bribes to help secure a lucrative contract for pharmaceutical company Novartis whilst a Greek minister. The allegations, announced earlier this week by Greek prosecutors, stem from his time as minister of health in Athens between 2006 and 2009.

Last year Vince “the dunce” Cable lashed out at hardline Brexit “martyrs” who view economic pain as a price worth paying to break away from Brussels. The Liberal Democrat leader accused them of “masochism” and claimed older Brexit voters with views “coloured by nostalgia from an imperial past” had imposed their will on a younger generation more comfortable with the European Union. Older Brexit voters ‘coloured by nostalgia from an imperial past’.

Lib Dem leader Cable’s strongly worded attack on Brexit “martyrs” came after a YouGov poll suggested 61% of Leave voters would consider significant damage to the British economy to be a price worth paying for leaving the EU. Well, ask a stupid question…you know the answer! “To describe such masochism as ‘martyrdom’ is dangerous. We haven’t yet heard about ‘Brexit jihadis’ but there is an undercurrent of violence in the language which is troubling.” Cable, 74, added that the “self-declared martyrs” appeared to be “predominantly elderly.

“The martyrdom of the old comes cheap, since few have jobs to lose” he said. The housing market, pensions and government policies – including some while he was in the Cabinet – had contributed to a “growing rift” between the generations. “The old have comprehensively shafted the young. And the old have had the last word about Brexit, imposing a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past on a younger generation much more comfortable with modern Europe,” he said. He does hysteria rather well, as do most hysterical old farts!

The wretched BBC has admitted taking more than £2 million in European Union funding over the past three years, in a move that critics said called into doubt the corporation’s impartiality over the European referendum. The BBC took the cash under the European Union framework programme, to fund its research and development arm, which is working on projects such as 3D broadcasting, and ultra-high definition filming. But why would the BBC, with vast riches, £3.7 billion from the licence fee, create the impression that it is being paid to do the EU’s bidding? Because it was, and is!


  1. Both Clegg and Cable are so called “Liberal Democrats” who have proved to be neither liberal or democratic. They both live in the Westminster bubble where our votes seem to count for nothing. Our political masters seem to believe that they know better than the 52% who voted to leave the EU. We should leave today and tell the EU they are not getting one penny piece from us.

    • Well, they all know better than us, apparently, but when did either of them refuse to accept their own election victories by majority vote, first past the post?

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