Dear Nobel Committee: I Write To Decline My Share In The Peace Prize

Sr. Barroso has made it quite clear today that the European Union\’s award of this year\’s Nobel Peace Prize is one for each and every one of us 500 million European Union citizens.

I would like to inform you that I decline my one 500 millionth share of the prize. For I refuse to celebrate any organisation of which Sr. Barroso is a member let alone leader.

Yours etc.

Tim Worstall

18 thoughts on “Dear Nobel Committee: I Write To Decline My Share In The Peace Prize”

  1. How will anyone know whatever happens to the prize money?

    Awarding a prize to 500 million people might just be a tacky way to avoid paying anything to anyone.

    Or it may be a tacky way to pay it out to a few people under the table.

    The award is tacky; what’s to say there’s not more tackiness to come?

  2. Wahoo!!!
    I’m a nobel prize winner. Is there some form of honorific?
    Eddy Nobel Peace Prize 2012.
    I suppose that sharing it with 500 million others slightly dilutes the kudos but I’m good.
    (499,999,999 others for the benefit of JohnB and other sticklers for detail.)

  3. Actually, what creeps me out most about the Nobel Peace prize award is how they say that it is intended to influence FUTURE behaviour. Fat lot of good it did with Obama who is now one of the world’s leading extra-judicial murderers.

  4. Cracking idea, Tim. Why not start an internet petition to that effect?

    Tim adds: Because I have absolutely no idea at all about how one would do that.

    Anyone want to pick it up and run with it?

  5. You lot go ahead and decline. Every one of you who does boosts my share of the prize money from the current $0.20. And if you think I’m going to pass up the chance to add ‘Nobel Peace Prize winner’ to my CV…

  6. @ Dave. You’ll be in good company. O’Bummer, AlGore, the leader of the Stern Gang, a Palestinian terrorist………

  7. Well, there’s one sense that this may be a valid award. If the EU ever get their way and cobble together an EU armed services, it’ll be so dysfunctional that any war it gets involved in will be over in an afternoon.

  8. Dave: $0.20 you wish. 8 million krona, 500 million EU citizens, that’ll be about a quarter of a cent each.

    Tim adds: Yes, it’s 0.15 of a penny each, not £0.15 each.

  9. Do you think if we pack it in and hand over J Assange and the exploding condom the Swedes will stop messing us about?

  10. Before we all get too greedy, we should remember we have only been contributing to European peace for 40/ 60 years, since UK accession, so we’ll get taxed at 33% on our winnings.

  11. That would be pro rata, not tax. I imagine the prize money will be spent on celebratory dinners for the higher echelons.

  12. Also, this will look good on the mantelpiece next to our Time Man Of The Year award from a few years back.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    Ian B – “Well, there’s one sense that this may be a valid award. If the EU ever get their way and cobble together an EU armed services, it’ll be so dysfunctional that any war it gets involved in will be over in an afternoon.”

    I know a guy who was tangentally involved in the Joint Franco-German brigade that the EU was fully behind. He said that co-operation was just impossible and problems arose over the smallest thing – such as what to drink. The Germans demanded beer and, true to stereotype, the French demanded wine. Yep, that is right, they did not make it past lunch.

    There still is a Franco-German brigade. The French parts are stationed in France. The German parts in Germany. So everyone is happy.

  14. A peace prize given in the name of the inventor of dynamite is entitled to be a bit flaky in its recipients.

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