Yes, we know this

More than 20 peers expected to force changes to the Brexit Bill this week are still earning tens of thousands of pounds from Brussels, it can be revealed.

Lord Mandelson, Labour’s former communications director, Lord Kinnock, the party’s former leader, and Lord Patten, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, all still receive EU pensions.

Many other former MEPs and European commissioners are also receiving payouts from a Brussels pension pot estimated to be worth £10 million.

And it’s scandalous. They don’t even have to declare their interest when they speak.

21 comments on “Yes, we know this

  1. I make that £0.5m per peer. Is that the total size of their pension pot (seems small) or their annual pension income (obscenely large)?

  2. Ah, total pot size. I should read the article before commenting. No doubt they’ll just add a line item to the bill ensuring that they keep their pensions.

  3. And yet scientists who carry out diligent research paid for by oil or drug companies are dismissed “being in the pay of xxxx” when that research doesn’t meet the approved conclusions.

  4. Any UK subject receiving an EU pension needs to be given a choice between voluntarily renouncing that pension or being stripped of their British Citizenship and expelled from the UK. No exceptions regardless of amount.

    Hopefully even Dress-Up must have a plan to defeat—and punish– these HoL snakes.

    If alleged mortgage fraud is good enough to jail Tommy Robinson it is high time Mandelson’s activities on that front were reconsidered. Were I PM you could be sure that item of information would be communicated to Mandelson before any vote.

  5. Ljh – Yes.

    Real Lords reform is overdue. I quite fancy the idea of eligible adults being chosen from the electoral rolls in the same way jury duty is meted out. Push out the professional politicians like Mandelson.

  6. Thing is, as members of the house of lords, they are required to swear an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty. Either “I… swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.” or “I… do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.”

    Sounds like they serve two masters. What treachery is that?

  7. “More than 20 peers expected to force changes to the Brexit Bill this week are still earning tens of thousands of pounds from Brussels, it can be revealed”.

    But this conflict of interest will be faithfully reported by the BBC/ITV/SKY & Dead Tree Press.

    Won’t it ?

  8. abacab: my pension isn’t contingent on promoting who I used to work for. It’s solely contingent on having worked for them at some point in the past. Surely it would be mis-selling if it was.

  9. A slight quibble:
    From the article

    “I understand that you may have income or a pension from the European Union due to your work there in the past on behalf of the UK,” the note reads.

    Is there any actual evidence the Welsh Windbag or Lord Fondlebum of Boys have ever done anything could be remotely described as “on behalf of the UK” ?

  10. Chris Miller, BiND, Bongo,

    it would be nice if the manufacturers would release the results of all of their field trials and not just cherry pick which ones to publish.

    There is a lot of information highlighting (quite rightly) the part that the varroa mite has to play in colony health, perhaps that is not the whole story.

    https://phys.org/news/2016-02-insecticide-effect-varroa-mite.html

    Risk Perception Management indeed
    http://www.riskperception.eu/leaflet.pdf

  11. Mr Ecks,

    Any UK subject receiving an EU pension needs to be given a choice between voluntarily renouncing that pension or being stripped of their British Citizenship and expelled from the UK.

    Given the choice between staying in the UK, or having £35,000 a year (without lifting a finger) to live outside the UK, I suspect a great many of us would choose the latter.

  12. @The Inimitable Steve, February 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Real Lords reform is overdue. I quite fancy the idea of eligible adults being chosen from the electoral rolls in the same way jury duty is meted out. Push out the professional politicians like Mandelson.

    +1

    House of Lords worked well for hundreds of years as the Hereditary mostly voted how they believed was best for UK. Then the Blair creature reformed and stuffed it full of whipable cronies.

    The “jury service” 5 years? Has been an idea I had after the Blair creature’s reforms. Good to know I’m not alone.

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