George Lyon MEP Liberal Democrats has been on the news a lot recently due to the elections this Thursday. Now I’ll be honest and say I know few if any of the MEPs in Scotland because, well, they have no profile and very little to say of any value really. There is a serious lack of European Parliament coverage in the UK, deliberately, so I suspect a lot of misunderstanding.
However, one thing that has been getting on my nerves is Mr. Lyon. He proudly talks about how the UK Coalition MEPs got the European budget reduced by some billions of pounds but the reality is that under Labour and supported by the Tories and Liberals we actually pay in more due to the UK no longer getting returns on spending on cohesion policy and structural funds meaning contributions end up rising year on year.
He also takes credit for our fantastic farm subsidies while the Westminster parties refuse to pass on some 60 million euros to Scottish farmers each year resulting in less money going to Scotland and more to the Home Counties in England. All of this supported by Mr. Lyons.
The indications are that Lyons will lose his seat on Thursday to the SNP or UKip. The good thing is he will lose his seat because his kind of politics is the kind that keeps us down and in the dark. Europe is important, I accept that, I would also like to know more about what it does and how it impacts on my life, but if the best we have to offer are MEPs like Liberal George Lyons then people will vote for UKip and take us out, he is a failure of the system and I really hope this man loses on Thursday as the thought of this man receiving a salary from my taxes makes my stomach turn.