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Quite an experience. It was even more absurd than I expected. When a rather obsessive pseudonymous troll published a series of photos of me eating on the Eurostar, I realised just how much my life had changed.
It is paid for by them apparently because these tickets are easier to change if there are travel problems. I was reflecting on just how grubby I felt being embroiled in an organisation awash with money, perks, chauffeurs, bulging with endless incentives designed to suck you in.
As a democratically-elected MEP, I feel an enormous responsibility to the over half a million voters in the North West of England who chose three of us from the region to represent them.
Our mandate is to get us out of the EU, but it is also a broader task of popularising the importance of national and popular sovereignty and ensuring that the democratic vote is delivered. And what an amazing setting to pursue such noble aims. The buildings are imposing: a vast campus Think Of Life - Gravy Train - Gravy Train hairdressers, shops, tens of thousands of staff, researchers, endless committee rooms and auditoriums, top of the range technology, smoking booths phewbars, every conceivable amenity.
A real city on the hill. As someone new to this official politics game, I confess I was wowed, impressed, a little thrilled to be so close to power. But then I checked myself…. Listening to briefings detailing descriptions of how the parliament works was sobering and I realized just how powerless MEPs really are.
Any plans to make trouble ran into the practical reality of the way time is stitched up via the arcane Group system, allowing little possibility of speaking. We do get to elect the next Commission president, but this seems small fry compared to having real democratic, mandated power.
I kept wondering how all the pro-EU MEPs could justify being mere insignificant cogs in a toothless technocratic wheel. Yet the paraphernalia and trappings, the payments and pay-offs are obviously an important prop in the grand Think Of Life - Gravy Train - Gravy Train that your job matters. Surely no-one would throw such extravagant rewards at you unless you are crucial, right? Indeed, most Remainer MEPs are easily flattered into believing they deserve every penny.
But this is delusional. Wherever you stand on the Brexit divide, I think voters deserve a more honest critique of the ludicrous excesses on offer to MEPs. Never mind the business-class travel, surely even Frontpage Lover - Fargo - Frontpage Lover advocates might be keen to challenge whether every new MEP needs a free iPad, two offices in Brussels, one in Strasbourg, an office and staff budget for the UK.
It was Arctic Snow - Various - CMJ New Music Monthly Volume 96 September 2001 to hear administrative staff — who made us all feel incredibly welcome despite the All I Wish - Passion Living With A Purpose* - Show The World of us being a group committed to leaving the very institution they were initiating us into — spell out what benefits are on offer.
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