Archive for January 16th, 2010

The power of money

Various parties try to forecast what the voters will be more concerned about before any election. Is it health, policing, education, Europe or what?

I have a little story to tell. It is meant to be a joke, but it will illustrate the point I want to make about what the real issue is when a voter turns out to make his cross.


In a small town, a person decided to open up a brothel, which was right opposite to a church. The church & its congregation started a campaign to block the brothel from opening with petitions, and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, strong lightning struck the brothel and it was burnt to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the brothel owner sued the church authorities on the grounds that the church, through its congregation & prayers, was ultimately responsible for the destruction of his brothel, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons for the act of God. As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented:

‘I don’t know how I’m going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork we have a brothel owner who firmly believes in the power of prayer and an entire church that doesn’t.’

I have to say that, in the end, it always depends on how much money we will have left in our pay packets.The Liberal Democrats still haven’t understood that. Remember that disastrous time when they offered to put a penny on income tax to boost education? They really did badly that time.

And Labour? They have expanded the number of people who get state benefits like billy-o! All these people will be too fearful of losing their benefits if they vote Conservative.

And the Conservatives? Once they were the natural party for Queen and Country. Now they are fearful of telling the truth about the EU. Imagine their votes if they decided on leaving the EU and toold the people what they would do with the money saved

The Taxpayers Alliance state:

EU membership costs every citizen €2,400 (£2,122) per year, compared with the €235 (£207) quoted by the commission.

The UK-based lobby group says that, annually, the total cost of membership to the 27 states is €1219bn (£1078bn) – close to ten times the official figures.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance bases its figures on what it considers the “real, underestimated and hidden” cost of EU membership.

You can read more about this on this page of their website.

This is 1.078 trillion pounds. How quickly could we get back on our feet if we hadn’t to carry these expenses each year? This works out at £89bn every month, or £20.7bn a week or £3bn a day. Or to put it in perspective, £683,663 for the time it took me to type this sentence.

The question isn’t “Do we want to leave the EU or not?” The real question should be “Could we be better off if we spent this £1.2 trillion on our own citizens?” Ask this question and most people would vote for coming out.

And UKIP aren’t much better. They go on about us coming out of the EU. As I have said above, it is the wrong question – people couldn’t care either way, but if you start talking about how you are going to spend that money, on UK citizens, no other party could match your largesse.


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