Friday, 10 December 2010

Economic benefits of EU membership - Not! (2)

At the risk of further upsetting one of my commenters, Xen347, some further instances of the madness in which we now live.

The Taxpayers Alliance (TPA) have produced a report showing the cost that being subject to rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has cost our nation:
  • The UK has to date lost three quarters (331 out of 418) of the rulings that have progressed to the top Strasbourg court, a trend that has increased despite the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998.
  • 80 per cent of all judgments (246 out of 331) Britain has ever lost under the ECHR have been reached since we signed the HRA.
  • About one third of all judgments ever made involving the UK were actually referred to Strasbourg after the HRA entered into law, rather than concluded by British courts.
  • The cost of complying with judgements under the ECHR is £2.1 billion a year, with an additional £1.8 billion in one off costs. The total cost to date is £17.3 billion.
  • The growth of a “compensation culture” fostered by the Court costs a further £7.1 billion a year, £25 billion to date 
Hell, we might even have been able to afford more than one plane on each aircraft carrier!


Sue said...

your analyses are brilliant WfW. Just what we need to get this sham "club" into perspective.

Witterings From Witney said...

Sue: you are most kind, ma'am!

Anonymous said...

Shocking figures, yet somehow this is not really a surprise,

Witterings From Witney said...

tmwmc: Par for the course, methinks!