Lord Pearson has pressed relentlessly for a cost benefit annalist of our membership of the EU – no Government has ever dared go there as they know the costs of EU membership will be drastically be outweighed by any illusory benefits – they just repeat the brain dead mantra that we have to be in the EU for its benefits but never explain what they are.
Because of Lord Pearson’s relentless terrier type biting at the heels of Government, trying to get a glimmer of truth, he has become the target of that old hypercritical windbag, Lord Kinnock. I say hypercritical because this is the Lord who once stated he would not accept a Peerage or other such “trinkets”. This is also the man who once stated he was opposed the EU then finished up as highly paid EU Commissioner with the job of eradicating fraud in the EU, then told Marta Andreasen to keep quiet when she reported fraud to him because he thought it did not look good for the EU. This too is the man who’s wife, also now in the House of Lords, was a MEP along with other of his family members doing very nicely out of the EU thanks to their well paid EU jobs.
This then is also the man who recently stood up in the House of Lords and stated: "My Lords, in the interests of equipping members of this noble House, can the Government arrange for the provision to the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, of a sandwich board with, "The end of the world is nigh" written on one side and, "Stop the world, I want to get off" on the other? Is it not true and does the Minister agree that the United Kingdom's best interests are in remaining a strong member of a modernising European Union in order that we can effectively deal with what the noble Lord, Lord Pearson, calls "the countries of the future"-notably those in Latin America, China and India? They really respect and take us seriously because we are participants in the EU."
It is interesting that one of Lord Pearson’s other campaigns is for those Peers, such as Lord Kinnock, who are on quite sizeable EU pensions, to have to declare an interest in the EU when taking part in debates on our involvement of the European Union, as do other members of the Lords who have financial interests regarding matters being debated. The likes of Kinnock, his other half, Lord Brittan and others who will lose their big fat EU pensions if the UK did the right thing and left the constraints of EU membership, do not have to declare they have a financial interest in ensuring the UK remains trapped in the EU.
Maybe Lord Hypocrite should also have a placard with the words: 'Totally biased in favour of the EU' on one side with a total figure of who much money he has earned from the EU on the other – it would need to be a big placard!