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Cash-for-dubbing?

Does the name Ernst Strasser (see picture) ring a bell? If not, let us refresh your memory. Ernst Strasser, from Austria, was one of the MEPs involved in the cash-for-amendments scandal unveiled by the Sunday Times last year. More precisely, he was the…

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Why doesn’t this strike us as a surprise? MEPs have asked for more of taxpayers’ cash, although this time the money will not end up directly in their pockets. The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets voted yesterday to increase MEPs’ monthly staf…

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ridiculously generous

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Budget Committee voted on Wednesday to award themselves an extra €1,500 and to hire an additional 150 staff. MEPs say they’re in desperate need of more money because the Lisbon Treaty is now in force which means more…

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Amid all thee excitement over the EU bureaucrats’ demands for an inflation-busting 3.7% payrise smack in the middle of the worst recession since the 1930s, Bruno Waterfield at the Telegraph brings us news that according to an internal document seen by …

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Down you go…

And so ex-UKIP MEP Tom Wise has been jailed for fraudulently claiming £39,000 in allowances from the European Parliament. He used his monthly staff allowance to pay for “fine wines” and other personal expenditure.His researcher, Lindsay Jenkins, was c…

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Say what you see

Strong stuff coming out of the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth today… Hat-tip Spectator Coffee House Blog.Chris Davies MEP gets worked up over the issue of politicians fiddling their expenses:”I hate the dirty, cheating b******s, who have taken eve…

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