Tuesday, 2 May 2017

More Assets, more money to come to UK from EU ..

It may just have escaped your notice that the EU's propaganda showhouse, called "The house of European History", is set to open in four days. With an architectural style of which Herr Speer would surely have approved, it lacks only naked blond corn-m├Ądchen with laurel wreaths on the pediment. 


Of course, the museum is empty of both objects and interpretive exhibits, save for the Nobel medal for something meretricious or the other given to the EU. It is the sole exhibit. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the construction budget over-ran initial budgets by a factor of four, to a total of €137m, swallowing the exhibits budget to pay for the building. When last I built a new museum the exhibition costs (lighting, cases, interpretation, simple interactives, audio visual etc) came to £1,500/m2 for a low key delivery. You can double that for the EU museum - which has 4,000m2. 

The second reason is that the 27 can't agree how to interpret European history. What can the museum say about the Germans?  I fear any interpretation of the past is doomed to failure, but that's now the business of the 27.

The question is, what of our share? Do we ask for 12% of the cost back, or demand that they now build a detached annex, under our control, in which to display just British history?

Incidentally, I publish below the EU's own table from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20141202IFG82334/eu-budget-explained-expenditure-and-contribution-by-member-state

If you divide the total by 52 you get, erm, €350m a week. Oh, and we also passed over 75% of €4.27bn ( €3.2bn) in tariffs for goods coming in through the UK.


8 comments:

RAC said...

Yes vanity projects cost money, a lot of money, for no useful purpose. Good news not our money, not any more, on yer bike europe.

Dadad said...

Typical EU cock up.

However, if you read 'the blunders of our governments' (King and Crewe) you'll see we have nothing to shout about ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Whatever they decide you can be assured that at least half the exhibits will show that European civilization would not exist if it weren't for various sub-Saharan tribes and Islam. Bach and Mozart will be to the left of the door marked 'Transgender Washroom' and directly beneath a large watercolour entitled 'Field of Refugees'.

Steve

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

They'll have no problem filling it to the rafter with hubris.

DeeDee99 said...

They'll get round the German problem by only featuring its post-WW2 success. European history will only start when the post-war Coal and Steel Treaty was signed, without bothering to explain its context.

James Higham said...

A totally empty museum is a great concept - an empty work of art. Hmmmm.

anon 2 said...

James Higham @ 10:30 -- Nice one!

The euSSR does use arts of course, but they are very Black: Darkness Visible, as it were.

RAC said...

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery."
Nineteen countries taking out more than they put in. Only nine countries paying in more than they take out. Of that nine we the UK have the greater in/out ratio, greater even than Germany. No flaming wonder they don't want us to leave. UK the stupid milch cow. We must be the laughing stock of the ruddy world.