Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'M Writing This with an Oddly [...]; COLUMNIST

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'M Writing This with an Oddly [...]; COLUMNIST

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Byline: Jonathan Arnott

I'M writing this with an oddly surreal sense that something is fundamentally wrong with the universe. Okay that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but something has happened that is a historical first.

As a UKIP member of the European Parliament, I've actually managed to get one (technically three along similar lines) of my amendments to the EU budget passed by the Parliament. Things like this aren't supposed to happen: having previously submitted many hundreds of proposals to save taxpayers' money, I've always watched them voted down by huge majorities.

When I was a young teenager I was taken on a school exchange visit to Northern Spain. Part of the visit included going to a bullfight, and I won't ever forget either the stench of blood mixed with sand on a hot summer day or the cheering of the crowd at an animal's suffering.

Even if you consider bullfighting to be acceptable (and I certainly don't), this is not what our taxes should be going towards.

I've been pushing my opposition to the use of EU money (and, therefore, your taxes) to subsidise bullfighting for the past three years. The last time the issue came up, the European Parliament complained about the practice - only to be told by the European Commission that EU regulations didn't allow the Commission to do anything about it.

As it seemed like the issue had been quietly dropped, I had another go. I drafted an amendment suggesting that as the Commission are responsible for drafting EU Regulations, they might do well to actually fix the offending Regulation rather than adopt a 'not me, guv' approach.

I did all the usual things - a quiet word here and there with those who might support me, and I emailed my entire Committee to ask for their support. When the vote was lost in Committee, I thought that was likely to be the final result - but together with some Italian colleagues, we persuaded others in my Group to allow us to retable the amendments to the full Parliament. …

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