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Samizdata quote of the day

“The EU’s finances run the way they do because no one has a sense of ownership of the funds. It is always “someone else’s money” that is being abused.”

Lee Rotherham

7 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Paul Marks

    The accounts of the European Union have not been properly audited-and-passed in many years – it is not just wasteful, it is corrupt. Those people who support the European Union (such as the Lib Dems and their vile Keynesian Economist magazine) wilfully ignore the evidence in front of their eyes.

  • bobby b

    I thought I’d make a list of all of the governmental bodies to whom that quote would not apply;

    . . .

  • Julie near Chicago


    The length and breadth of your list are awesome.

  • One of the ways the EU avoids audit is by keeping those jobs unfilled. I knew someone very qualified who interviewed for an EU auditor job more than a decade ago. The interviewer was none other than Peter Mandelson. He did not get appointed, which would mean little except that no-one else did either. (From memory) this job of monitoring EU expenditure had already been unfilled for 13 months at the time of his interview and was still unfilled when I was briefed on this many months after.

    There were two theories why this was.

    1) EU auditor recruitment interviewing: “What’s two and two?” “Four, sir.” “Next! What’s two and two?” “Four, sir.” “Next! What’s two and two?” “What would you like it to be, sir?” “You’re hired.” It takes time to find the ‘right’ person for the job. (I should say that Mandeleon’s questions were not – overtly at least – precisely in this style.)

    2) It is more convenient for individuals like Mandelson to keep the job unfilled than to hire even the 3rd auditor above. Auditor roles appear in all the right places on the EU organisation chart, the formal policies have rigorous audit activities described in all the European Union languages, but by being ever so choosy about whom you hire, there are long periods when actual real life flesh and blood auditors actually auditing are not quite so numerous as the charts and policies would suggest.

    My guess is (2).

  • nemesis

    Well they did have an accountant once Marta Andreason. She blew the whistle on them so didn’t have a very long career.
    ‘Andreasen was fully suspended from her job by the Commission in May 2002 (for “violating Articles 12 and 21 of staff regulations, failure to show sufficient loyalty and respect”). She is said to have been suspended from her job and ultimately fired because she refused to sign accounts she believed were unreliable.[10]’


  • Mr Ed

    I disagree, it’s not someone else’s money, it’s all theirs (by then).

  • nemesis (June 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm), that is very interesting. IIUC, my friend was being interviewed precisely as Marta’s replacement. I can understand why the EU thought Mandelson would be the ideal interviewer, and wanted an auditor who would be very ‘loyal and respectful’ (as their spokesman put it).

    Unlike with Trump, this demand for loyalty does not seem to have given rise to demands for an inquiry. 🙂