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Old 11th December 2018
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Re: Political: We're doomed, Captain Mannering...

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Originally Posted by Otto View Post
We have been the recipient of a huge amount of EU money as well over the years. It works both ways. The amount of money we pay to be part of the EU is peanuts as a proportion of total government spending, less than 2% I think (without looking it up).


Edit: I looked it up, nearer 1%
https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/gover...get/2017-10-31
Well now, there was an interesting fiddle a few years ago.

Southern Ireland received a lot of cash from the EU to boost tourism. Many people built big new houses and bungalows, usually painted yellow for some reason, with loads of bedrooms to set up B&B businesses. However, they always had permanent 'No Vacancies' signs hanging outside.

Maybe they received tax incentives for heating these massive homes with subsidised wood pellets as well.
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