Allow me to sum up the European Union for you.
We\’ll note that the septics and the Brits have developed interesting technologies. Say, social betworking ones like Facebook and Bebo. Then we\’ll decide that these can be useful in our own endeavours. So far, this is actually pretty good, look around the world and see who has invented what that you can use.
Then we\’ll develop our own version at great cost and only in a manner whereby the insiders to the system can use it.
Creating and running the new service will cost more than £4,000 for each Euro-MP over the next 18 months, even though many already belong to free and popular networking sites such as Facebook or Bebo.
Despite the use of taxpayers\’ cash, MyParl.eu will not be visible to the public, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
Only parliamentarians and "civil society", Brussels-speak for officially sanctioned NGOs and trade associations, will be able to use the site for comment and debate.
And in doing this we will screw the taxpayers:
After receiving an online demonstration of the website, one Euro-MP\’s office asked MyParl organisers whether there was a cost for the service. "Totally free. Well, not for the taxpayer of course," was the answer.
Please, can we leave yet?