Your tax money at work

AN overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year’s hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer.

Under the scheme, British pensioners could be given cut-price trips to Spain, while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe.

The idea for the subsidised tours is the brainchild of Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, who was appointed by Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister.

The scheme, which could cost hundreds of millions of pounds a year, is intended to promote a sense of pride in European culture, bridge the north-south divide in the continent and prop up resorts in their off-season.

Facepalm.

5 thoughts on “Your tax money at work”

  1. while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe

    There’s enough of them doing pretty much that already, trying to escape national service.

  2. As a Brit, I often ponder that our biggest image problem stems from the fact that even our scrotes can afford to travel abroad.

    This scheme would increase the volume of undesirables visiting other countries, to their detriment and with further negative effects on our image.

  3. “prop up resorts in their off-season” – there’s the real motive. Hand out subsidies to buy support for the EU project.

  4. I’ve had three excursions out of the country in the last ten years, all of them at my expense. I want the people behind this nonsense to be crucified, then killed by flamethrowers.

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