The Daily Express is, surprise surprise, laying into the EU yet again. About 50% of its content is currently about those ‘unelected Brussels bureaucrats’ riding roughshod over British laws, wasting hard-working British taxpayers’ money and dismantling our borders.
Its latest moan is about an art collection in EU offices. In an article titled ‘EU STOCKPILES £13M OF ART (BOUGHT BY YOU)’, the paper publishes ‘research’ by the Vote Leave campaign that claims to reveal over 600 artworks on display in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg, including ‘around 400 pieces purchased with European taxpayers’ money’.
The paper goes on to quote Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott as calling the collection ‘a shrine to the European project’.
Now, opinions on whether art collections on public display in government buildings are a waste of taxpayers’ money will probably vary. Some may view it as acceptable expenditure, others may see it as unnecessarily extravagant.
But one thing that’s for sure is that it is hardly unique to the EU. Most national political buildings will have a similar collection on display.
Take the collection held by the British government, for example. Research last year by the Taxpayers’ Alliance revealed that central government and local councils own at least £3.5 billion worth of art.
This is a staggering 269 times more valuable than the EU collection.
But more staggering than this is the research discovered that just 3% of this collection is available for public view.
So if the Daily Express is really so concerned with taxpayers’ money being wasted, surely a better place to start would be this expensive British art collection that is hidden away from public view, rather than complaining about a European stash that has cost the British taxpayer less than £500,000?
Honestly, anyone would think that this newspaper has an agenda to push or something.
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