EU funding and what the real cost is to us
P K Neafsey, May 25, lauds our EU membership for allocating our area £136 million from its Development Fund and awarding contracts to Coventry University worth another £35 million. This is chicken feed.
Last week The Times reported on an anti-corruption agent being ambushed by gun-wielding members of the Cosa Nostra. He had uncovered a scam whereby the Sicilian mafia were skimming £400 million a year from the grazing rights.
Back in 2008 when Bulgaria joined, their mafia (mostly made up of corrupt officials from the ex-Soviet era) skimmed a minimum of £2 billion from the way EU grants were awarded.
Then there are the many examples of waste. In 2012, again in Sicily, the EU paid for a 120ft lift to connect a village with a monastery in order to boost tourism. It cost £1.5 million pounds and has never been used because the council cannot afford its operating, maintenance and insurance costs.
What P K Neafsey is saying is that systematic theft of our money and the erosion of our democracy is a price worth paying. He is also saying that, if we were not in the EU he doesn’t trust our governments to spend the money we would save wisely.
One more thought. Perhaps he should have a word with the Met Police and find out the nationality of the criminal gangs which control the various drug markets in this country. How did they get in? Richard Allen Whoberley Coventry