Video: European legislators working darned hard for that daily stipend

posted at 2:52 pm on June 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via InstaGlenn, who has background. Don’t give up on it until the German Green Party parliamentarian makes her grand entrance at around 4:00. It’s Elitist, Do-Nothing, Civic Parasite Day at Hot Air!


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Videos like this, ie exhibition of facts, just lead to paranoia. Distraction!

Spirit of 1776 on June 28, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Even more unbelievable. They’re allowed to film in the hall, but they get thrown out because some ass wants to override their rights because he’s uncomfortable?

amerpundit on June 28, 2008 at 3:00 PM

With some progress they could have a press corps like the US that doesn’t care what happens in congress. But they keep us up to date on who’s preggers in Gloucester.

snaggletoothie on June 28, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Those reporters are lucky. Things could have gotten real ugly real fast if they’d sicced these guys on them.

see-dubya on June 28, 2008 at 3:17 PM

According to the Yahoo currency calculator that is over 23K a month in dollars. They make even more cash then our Congresscritters. Nancy is gonna be soooooo jealous.

Dawnsblood on June 28, 2008 at 3:17 PM

So, this is why the EU has to be dismantled, along with Louisiana.

GermanAtheist on June 28, 2008 at 3:24 PM

“It’s Elitist, Do-Nothing, Civic Parasite Day at Hot Air!”

Sweet!!11!

Dusty on June 28, 2008 at 3:28 PM

How dare the media expose corruption and parasitic activities of EU representatives! Who do they think they are?

Troy Rasmussen on June 28, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Who said nobody wants to watch how “sausage” is made. The celeb hounding paparazzi are missing out a gold mine, here, not to mention Reality TV producers.

Dusty on June 28, 2008 at 3:39 PM

With some progress they could have a press corps like the US that doesn’t care what happens in congress. But they keep us up to date on who’s preggers in Gloucester.

snaggletoothie on June 28, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Ya got it all wrong, snaggle. The US press is adept at situational ethics. If the situation involves making Obama look good, they are all over it. If there is no good Obama news, they cover teen pregnancies.

eaglesdontflock on June 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM

This explains the American left’s adoration of the eurotrash.

manfriend on June 28, 2008 at 4:03 PM

I’ve read about the green lady before. She’s a nut. You can find on her wiki page a link to all her legislation which is a joke. And for that she is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

You can never roll back salaries. If they get rid of their stipend, they will just vote themselves a raise. What greedy little piggies.

Blake on June 28, 2008 at 4:23 PM

And how many times have Osama Obama or Hillary Clinton — or, for that matter, John McCain — actually done their jobs in the last year-plus?

No wonder they are hot for the EU! Another way for otherwise useless people to cash in big.

MrScribbler on June 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Just a short preview of America under the heel of the skinprick sensitive Obama administration.

indythinker on June 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Anyone else think the inside of that building looked like a bathroom?

Blake on June 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM

UPDATE: Okay, actually, despite the praise above this is amateur hour, even if it’s being done by professionals. What you do is, you start staking out this space every week. And you have a second (concealed) camera covering what’s done to the guy with the open camera. Then — since the security guards threw out an accredited journalist with a right to be there — you sue everybody in sight; doesn’t matter if you win (though you should) because it’s more publicity. And you start tailing the MEPs on Friday to see where they actually are on Fridays after having signed in.

Assumes that Europeans work on Friday. If you’re lucky they come in for 2-3-max 4 hours and then they head out to the country.

Also, assumes they are Boston tea party types. They’d rather sit in a local eating and drinking. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. Sorry aengus, much as I often agree with you, believe it or not.

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Sorry, s/b “sit in a locale”…

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

At the very beginning the lady reporter says “14,000 euros/month”…then she continues (and this is not part of the translation “that they impudently/shamelessly work so little for it”.

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM

LOL! First, a daily allowance? Second, sign up at 7 am instead of 5 pm?

Not only crooked, but blatantly dumb!

desertdweller on June 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Appeal to their morality…

I about blew a gasket when the guy said that!

catmman on June 28, 2008 at 5:43 PM

They make our legislators look like models of accountability.

irishspy on June 28, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Now THAT… is Journalism. Kudos to the team for trying it, and their Channel for broadcasting it.

For Balance, it would be nice to see if those Reps really DID put in a 7 Hour day beginning at Midnight in order to get home to do work in their District as claimed.

Imagine seeing this done at Turtle Bay, or even Washington D.C… Like you guys said, the Reality TV types are missing out here.

Mr Michael on June 28, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Proof that Socialism works but mostly for the social elite

William Amos on June 28, 2008 at 6:21 PM

“Such impertinence!” LOL! I rarely feel like praising the media anymore but this is an excellent report that shines a light on elitist political arrogance in a number of ways. Really excellent work, guys/gals.

Django on June 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

The view from inside the cookie jar.

TexasDan on June 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM

When the parliamentarian at the beginning of the video said “It is none of your business”, and the Green Party lady said “I find it offensive (that they’re being filmed)” it shows the hight of ignorance and arrogance.

They haven’t the slightest clue, or realization, that they live off the dole of the taxpayers.

Entelechy on June 28, 2008 at 9:04 PM

It’s a shame they don’t have ‘real’ Talk Radio forum over there. They sure could use it.

c3ichief on June 28, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Also, assumes they are Boston tea party types. They’d rather sit in a local eating and drinking. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. Sorry aengus, much as I often agree with you, believe it or not.

Things are looking very dire.

But I’m hoping they [the Continentals] are ultimately Thirty Years War types. I know I am. This is not an endorsement of sectarianism on my part but historically the only people who do better at religious warfare than the Muslims (pronounced Mooossslims) are the Continentals, especially the Scandinavians.

Britain is continually sinking into the abyss. I think that any serious British resistance to Islamisation will occur, if at all, after the Britons have experienced living under sharia law.

Italy on the other hand is fighting back and the Italian government pisses all over political correctness on a daily basis. God bless Berlusconi and the Lega du Nord.

In between lies all sorts of countries, some brave (Denmark) and some cowardly (Sweden). Some not even aware that there is a threat. Norway is poised to shift from far-left to far-right come their next election.

aengus on June 28, 2008 at 11:08 PM

BTW I just want to say to anyone who opposes the recent trend in Norwegian politics towards the far right – don’t even bother. Norway has been trending Communist/socialist for 80 years. If you don’t like the idea of totalitarianism in Norway you’ve had since the 1920s to register your objection.

aengus on June 28, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Anyone else think the inside of that building looked like a bathroom?

Blake on June 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Yes, specifically, a pay toilet.

Shy Guy on June 28, 2008 at 11:50 PM

Politicians are the same everywhere.

Johan Klaus on June 29, 2008 at 1:00 AM

They could solve this easily – change the process to update the machines at the end of a day, instead of in the morning.

Entelechy on June 29, 2008 at 2:19 AM

And how, exactly, do our elected officials and beaurocrats act differently? We are ruled by a self annointed elite political class and it’s about time everyone realized it. I fear we are too far gone but fanatsize about a Constitutional Amendment fobidding ivy league graduates from holding office.

peacenprosperity on June 29, 2008 at 5:35 AM

Anyone else think the inside of that building looked like a bathroom?

Now, now NOW! Do you not realize that you are viewing the finest in committee-based design and architecture as only the Europeans can do it?

That whole building makes Pei or Corbussier (sp?) look creative.

friendlygrizzly on June 29, 2008 at 8:25 AM

das ist viel Gelt Für wenige arbiet!
LOL
Go get em Euro-Journalists!
Is Europe finally self policing?
See folks Freedom is a good thing even in the monarchical lands!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on June 29, 2008 at 11:59 AM

man my German is rusty!
das ist viel geld für wenige arbeit!
there.. better…

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on June 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM

On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind giving our congress a raise, if they promised to just sign for the stipend, and then leave the building……

Think_b4_speaking on June 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

WastelandMan

Das ist viel Geld für wenig Arbeit :)

You’re good. This is not important.

Entelechy on June 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM