Dr Alf will recall that the EU, since its creation, has never once had its accounts signed off as correct.
Martha Andreason, an accountant employed by the EU, during the early years of Neil Kinnock’s time as an EU commissioner, as the then recently ennobled Lord Kinnock tried to whistle-blower some years ago.
Lord Kinnock whose wife Glenys, and their son Stephen, who had married the Prime Minister of Denmark, all worked at the EU, allegedly earning between them more than £1 million gbp.
Lord Kinnock’s response was apparently not to look into the allegations of fraud and malfeasance in the EU accounts but to sack and gag Martha Andreason for whistle-blowing.
Martha Andreason has now been forgotten but the lesson of her sacking has had the effect of frightening other whistle-blowers, who are now too frightened to challenge the EU’s accounts, which year after year after year, nobody will sign off as “kosher”.
Thus, the Mafia were allegedly able to plunder billions earmarked for stopping Venice from slowly sinking into the sea; German farmers, paid to not grow apples and to turn the land fallow, were able to carry on growing and selling apples but kept the money they were given for not growing them anyway.
Because nobody signs off the EU’s accounts, then the allegations crimes of criminality and skulduggery remain unsubstantiated, un-investigated and are therefore just “allegations”.
If this happened in a public company, especially in the US, the police would be called in, the Finance Director and the board would be held criminally liable and probably fired, imprisoned and disgraced.
The rules at the EU, and with UK MPs, whose expenses are bigger than ever, is apparently showing that crime pays and pays very well, unless you are caught.
It is time, not for a “turning over the tables of the money-changers in the temple moment”, dramatic as that was, but a top to bottom investigation by Interpol and locusts, like swarms of forensic accountants.
Routinely, all the bank accounts of EU Commissioners, MEPs, their wives, girlfriends, partners, mistresses, lovers, in-laws, family friends, children, and immediate relatives, need to be examined, along with any trusts and offshore structures and business interests they have, either directly or at arm’s-length.
If the result of that is a wholesale clear-out of miscreants takes place, then so be it.
Trust in the structure, if it is to be kept must be restored or failing that it needs to be abolished.
What we cannot have is a situation whereby if you are a fraudulent benefit recipient in North Hertfordshire, you are interviewed under caution, tried and imprisoned, if you owe more than £2000 gbp and subjected to additional fines, blacklisting by virtue of your criminal record and a recovery order and costs. But if you allegedly plunder millions from the EU budget, nobody investigates and any sort of suspicion can be dismissed as an “allegation”.