As the coalition austerity budget laid out how 19% was to be trimmed from public expenditure, the EU announced a 6% increase in its own budget. Our 'contribution' - and this is clearly the wrong term, for this is not an office whip-round but rather a brutal extortion racket run by a crooked cabal of untouchables - is set to rise from £8.3bn to £9.2bn. If our 'contribution' had instead been cut by 19%, what would it have paid for?
A cut of £1.6bn would pay for 64,000 extra squaddies, or alternatively two or three additional infantry battalions plus retaining Harrier jets for the carriers. It would have stopped the closure of magistrates courts that will leave just two courts to serve the whole of Suffolk.
But no. All this and more will pay for more Eurocrats on fat packages, more luxury travel and champagne receptions for the nomenclatura, for deeper troughs no doubt of exquisite Italian design in which Brussels can thrust its collective snout. It's inequitable. It's insufferable. It stinks like rotten Mackerel.
The Gestapo used to establish themselves in the most iconic buildings in their conquered territory, buildings that were once adorned with national flags. Just so has the EU now completed an expensive refit of the old Tory party HQ in Smith Square and the EU rag now hangs like a Nazi banner where once flew in the breeze our own proud flag. If some munificent Act of God were to raze the building to a flaming pyre and its hateful rag with it both Smith Square and London would gain.