1. I could not open the YouTube link about the MEPs' deplorable expenses-grubbing behaviour on the EUReferendum webpage (ie "It's not your business"). However, I got this link from the German TV channel RTL, & it worked much better. Here it is: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xnMtc_QJ4 ... anded.html
2. This behaviour, & the similar trough-guzzling excesses referred to in the later article "Good & faithful servants", is surely a breach of income tax law. As I understand it, MEPS as expenses claimants can either get their 3-day 'freeby' around Paris, but no expenses, or use their expense allowances to pay for
everything out of that allowance (though if that is insufficient they may be allowed to apply for extra reimbursement on a strictly '1 for 1' basis. But they cannot have it both ways. OTHERWISE, SURELY THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW!
Why? Because their expenses are not genuine expenses, but the equivalent of income. And therefore taxable. And they are breaking normal tax law if they fail to declare any expense-related income which does not reasonably match their actual expenses. This is how Al Capone finally got nailed!
Tax departments in every country depend heavily on tip-offs for that sort of hard-to-get information which ultimately leads to criminal charges being laid for TAX EVASION. And I suspect quite a few MEPs would end up being found GUILTY if their tax departments suspected evasion, & then prosecuted them. Such tip-offs
might be a good substitute if & when voters' intentions are frustrated!