Money spent abroad could upgrade rail link
WHILST we are battling to get a decent train service to Plymouth, and being told by this government that any form of meaningful upgrade is not in the pipeline, the EU has spent more than £100m to build a high speed rail link in Turkey, in case Turkey joins the EU.
And, what is more, it does not have to be repaid and there is to be no return on the investment. A bribe pure and simple.
The cash is from a £12.1bn fund to support (bribe) nations hoping to join the EU, to which we, here in Britain contribute £120 million pounds per year.
EU official Jean-Christophe Filori defended giving the money saying it would help European businessmen get to Ankara more quickly to sign contracts, despite Turkey's chief negotiator, Egemen Bagis saying Turkey was not in favour of joining the Euro despite this being an integral condition of new member's entry terms.
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Even Conservative MP, Douglas Carswell, said he thought "this decision was bizarre".
Added to the fact that the EU enjoys taking £120 million pounds from us but with no return on West / East rail travel here in the South West, our own government also does not help, despite ring-fencing overseas aid to many countries in preference to ourselves.
We spent £8.55 billion pounds in 2012 in overseas aid, increasing by approximately 50% to £12.66billion pounds by next year.
Somalia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Congo, Rwanda, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories to name just a few were given aid despite the fact that Rwanda used the money to fund their war in the Congo and other countries are some of the most corrupt on the planet, whilst India has already told our government that it doesn't need or want our financial help thank you.
The only way we will enjoy better connectivity to the rest of the country is to leave the EU immediately and spend some of the money saved to undertake major capital projects which will assist us here in the South West peninsula.
Our MPs, of whatever political persuasion, can then demand that we are given a fair share of available money for these projects: vastly upgraded rail links, upgraded roads and who knows, even a regular air link to the rest of the country and Europe.