Tuesday, 29 September 2009

If it´s Tuesday, then it is still Brussels


I have spent the whole day sorting out travelling expenses claims for Nick and tomorrow I shall endeavour to do the same with Andrew.

There´s very generous travel allowance budget provided by the EU but to claim for it requires some complicated paper work made even more difficult because claims are in kilometres and mileometers on our cars (which is taken as the proof of travel) are exactly that - in miles.

As with everything in the European Parliament it all has to be done exactly right otherwise any claim is returned unpaid, so I have my fingers crossed that I have done the paperwork correctly.

Tina and Eddy Butler have been out doing the groundwork for a trip of BNP members to the European Parliament in November. They have been checking out restaurants, hotels and various sightseeing options so that the two-day package for our members is really interesting.

Andrew is in a committee meeting at the moment but was in fine form this morning making a fool of a hostile interviewer from BBC Radio Humberside. Hopefully a recording of this is on their website.

Nick is just back from his committee meeting and is discussing with our civil servant what is in store for the rest of the week.

4 comments:

alanorei said...

Continued EU absorption for Britain will mean:

1. Compulsory changes to km for both road signs and speedos. Christian lawyer Tony Bennett got his local council to take down km signs in his locale some years ago but that won't be the end of it.

2. Compulsory driving on the right-hand side of the road, to comply with the EU.

3. Compulsory conversion of all vehicles to left-hand drive, to comply with the EU.

The above will be a horrendous expense and inconvenience to Britain, not to mention potential danger during the period of transition.

But discomfort and disadvantage to Brits has never bothered the EU and never will.

(1 mile = 1.609 km btw)

Scarborough_Comet said...

As someone with experience in choosing good hotels in Belgium, I can say that it can often work out better to stay outside Brussels - ie Mechelen or Leuven rather than go for a cheaper option in the city. Often the cheaper Brussels hotels can be in "iffy" (or "enriched") areas.

Chris said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p004h8r9/The_Peter_Levy_Show_29_09_2009/

Copy and Paste. Andrew Brons starts about 14 minutes into. Not sure how long this link will be available.

Michael Simpkins said...

and mileometers on our cars It's an odometer Martin.