Thursday, February 15, 2007

Eye spies Kilroy-Silk on the Euro Gravy Train…

Before the last European elections, Robert Kilroy-Silk promised to destroy the Brussels Gravy Train. But the latest Private Eye suggests that since he's become East Midlands MEP, he's climbed aboard instead.

The article was clearly written before Kilroy Silk's bizarre attack on Marks & Spencer's. He accuses the store of using 'distorting' mirrors in women's changing rooms to make people look slimmer when trying on clothes.

Eye's words of wisdom on Kilroy-Silk are not yet online, but here’s an extract:

Robert Kilroy-Silk spent the first two-and-a-half-years of his European mandate cultivating an air of mystery about what exactly he was doing.

He sat on no committees, authored no reports, and last made a speech in plenary in October 2005.

The latest news on his website dates from 2004.

And all of this for an annual salary of £60,000 and expenses of up to £100,000.

Now, however, as the next European elections edge just that little bit closer, Kilroy-Silk has become a member of the Parliament’s education and culture committee.

The committee, which deals among other things with broadcasting regulation, will no doubt benefit greatly from the orange one’s chat show expertise!

25 comments:

liz said...

I really do not know what to make of him. He certainly likes to be in the limelight and must be finding the present situation boring. To my knowledge he has not been interviewed by the media in recent months. I have never before listened to such an egomaniac. He really does have delusions of self grandeur and one who knows best. Since losing his TV show, resigning from UKIP and his Veritas party collapsing around him, one would have hoped that he would have been more humble and actually do some work for those who elected him. It appears that sitting as an MEP is in his personal interests if he is now getting involved in the running of the parliament. As he is self absorbed this is to be expected. I pity the Education and Culture Committee Members - he does seem to have a habit of upsetting others.

Lets hope that Mr Kilroy-Silk is removed from the gravy train at the next European elections.

Anonymous said...

In my eyes the host of "Shafted" - possibly the greatest game show to grace the airewaves - can do little wrong.
And I must say I do find him a deeply attractive man.

Liz said...

Anonymous,

I found him attractive in his younger days. However, he was egocentric on his tv show, the invincible manner displayed when interviewed, a disregard for others opinion and, his "orange" skin made him repulsive. Attraction to me encompasses not just looks but personal qualities which I think Mr Kilroy-Silk lacks.

Off to read Private Eye for the full story.......

Enoch said...

I too think that Shafted was his finest hour. Hearing him utter phrases like "Join us after the break to see if Tracy shafts Sharon, or will they both try to shaft each other" was a joy to behold. Since then I think he's really been stumbling around in the wilderness trying to pretend that he knows about politics. Get back on the TV I say. I too find him very attractive though.

Dave Pearson said...

his "orange" skin made him repulsive

Orange? Are you sure you don't mean tangerine?

liz said...

Dave :))

Followed your link - tangerine it is!

Ruth said...

I must confess that we were lovers and I can tell you that he is a very big boy indeed. He did have a tendancy to make me dress in a Burkha when "mastering me from behind". At the time I found this confusing but it all became clear when he accused them of being primitive savages with nothing to offer but ritual maiming and hairy women. ( I was quite hairy at the time, but am clean as a whistle now )

Michael Oakeshott said...

Phil last year the EU spent 80,000,000,000 pounds. A recent newspaper report said that 93% of this money has been spent incorrectly or illegally. About 74 billion wasted.

Robert Silk costs 100,000 in wages, and maybe the same again in expenses. About 0.00025% of the EU budget.

Question: Why are there two posts about this man, and none about the other waste?

Answer: He gets to you. His victory obviously riled the Labour oligarchs in the area, who believe they have a divine right to the seat and the pass to the gravy train. The electorate thought different. Get over it.

I hope Silk remains next time, as even his lazy efforts so far have done far more harm to this corrupt organisation than any Labour or Lib Dem Euro collaborator.

gary said...

Michael Oakeshott - So the electorate thought different. Would that be the same electorate that has consistently elected pro european governments for the past 10 years? Maybe you should get over that?

fairdealphil said...

michael:

you read it in a newspaper eh...?

now let me guess, er the Daily Mail.

Got it in one...

Michael Oakeshott said...

Gary(surely not the halfwit Elsby?) - I doubt the public think about Europe in main elections, and in any case they have had little chocie over the European issue.

Try again Phil...

gary said...

Oakeshott - Resulting to personal insults (halfwit Eslby - I have no idea who Elsby is anyway) is usually the last resort of a man who has lost the argument. You imply that the electorate is highly intelligent in the Euro elections (low turnout) and in the general elections (much higher turnout) they're not thinking about what they're doing.

Time to make your mind up about what you're actually saying I feel. The world of political opinion is best inhabitted by people with precise views of what they're going on about. You my friend seem a little out of your depth.

Michael Oakeshott said...

I would say that if I was Elsby as well.

What exactly is the argument? I say the EU is corrupt. I say it wastes money. I say the British people have never been consulted about this political project. And I say they don't wish for ever closer union. You disagree with this? You claim I said the electorate were "highly intelligent". I said no such thing. Be serious, have you dealt with the British public? Many of them are decent people, but Mr Average is hardly intelligent. Europe is never going to be a big issue in domestic elections(it never has been the main issue of any campaign). So when have the British people EVER expressed a view on Europe? In fact I really think you have read someone else's post. Smooth(!).

I hardly need to take lectures from the likes of you. I will quite happily test myself in any way against you. I suspect I have a better education, better qualifications, speak more languages, and earn more money than you. The day I am out of depth with the likes of you Gary will be the day I shoot myself(no plans).

Mrs Doyle (SKEGNESS) said...

Pity

Anonymous said...

I'll warrant your better education included some light buggery after lights out in the dorm though Herr Oaksey.... ya big old ruddy cheeked duffer.
Your view is that Europe should be on big classy gay-bar. I for one disagree with this approach. Just like Fred West. Its not right!!

Michael Oakeshott said...

And people say I'm intolerant.

gary said...

Oakeshott - Let me try yo put this into terms that you can understand.

You stated in an earlier post, and I quote "the electorate thought different", thereby implying that the masses have made a conscious and in your mind intelligent decision to install Kilroy-Silk as an MEP. You then go on to deride the electorate, and once again I quote "Mr Average is hardly intelligent". This is generally known as hypocrisy. The facts are that approximately 20 - 30% more people vote in a general election than in Euro elections. If people were bothered about the supposed "threat" of the EU they would get up and vote and would elect some UKIP loons to represent them. Strangely enough though they haven't. Look at the John Major government of the nineties - not easy I Know but for the sake of debate let's do it. They were appalling and useless, and what happened to them? We saw a massive voter turnout and the Tories suffered their heaviest and most humiliating defeat ever. Since then the electorate has seen fit to return a Labour government whenever they have been asked, and a pro EU government at that. Believe me if people were that bothered they'd would vote UKIP in their masses.

So you think that you've had a better education than me, have got more qualifications, speak more languages (Rubbish being one of them obviously), and earn more money than me. I guess we will never know the answers to this and frankly I don't care. Comments like that just highlight very basic individual inadequacies and dare I say it display quite an inferiority complex and merely reinforce my statement that you're out of your depth here. But please don't shoot yourself because you've provided me with some excellent entertainment and I'm sure that someone somewhere would miss you.

Michael Oakeshott said...

The electorate DID think differently. Kilroy WAS elected. That was what I said. You see Gary that is why he has the letters MEP beside his name. It's called democracy. I simply stated that I was happy he was elected. He is not perfect by any means(a former member of the Labour party no less), but if he proves to be a thorn in the EU's side, then I am all for it. And judging by the amount of fuss you are making, he is a bigger thorn than I ever thought.

The average member of the public is not intelligent. Very few understand politics beyond the basic details. They vote with their emotions. Even most university students nowadays are unable to hold an adult discussion about politics. This is just a fact. Sorry if that upsets you. A raw nerve perhaps?

You say that if people were bothered, they would vote UKIP. Well a remarkable number of them DO vote UKIP. This is especially large when you consider that the voting system at the General Election makes voting UKIP a complete waste of a vote. No doubt many potential UKIP voters vote for the most skeptical candidate with a chance of winning. I have done this very thing in the past.

Major's Government was removed for many reasons. But you surely aren't claiming the people voted them out because they were not sufficiently European? Since then Labour has won three elections. On each of these occasions they have been elected with a mandate to improve public services. Their manifesto has contained almost nothing about Europe beyond the usual empty phrases. Indeed what little they have done has been designed to keep us out of the disaster that is the Euro. And Europe has not been a defining issue in any of these elections. So just what is your point?

When people across Europe have been asked, they haven't exactly rallied to the European Union have they? Ask the French. Ask the Dutch. And do you think Blair wouldn't have tried foisting the Euro on us, if he thought he had a snowball's chance in hell of getting a "Yes" vote? Seriously Gary, grow up son.

I am afraid it is you who is well and truly out of your depth on this subject Gary.

gary said...

oakeshott - You are truly hilarious! You're not an idiotic, ranting, right wing xenophobe at all are you. I get it now, you're just playing the part in an Alf Garnett style charade. Nice one! I just love your sense of absolute irony. Keep up the good work!

madge said...

I do agree with Michael in that there are an awful lot of voters who do not have a clue hat they are voting for - bar of course lower taxes ( which is a real re-herring ).
Perhaps a test along the lines of the citizenship test should be brought and the wonderfull British public should have to qulify to vote?

madge said...

excellent comments by Robert about the mosques opening up to women... that would really get their goat, especially the "Community Leaders" or "Bomber Command" as I call them.

Michael Oakeshott said...

That's alright Gary I understand. I would have said something like that as well. You know...if I couldn't keep up with the argument.

Thanks for that. Very amusing.

Brynley said...

What future for Phil's blog?

We can't live on road safety and Kilroy Silk alone.

I suggest Phil blogs with some of his opinions or, if that conflicts with his day job, how about blogging an insider take on the Labour machine, favourable no doubt, but also interesting in these times.

I think the filtering of comments could be considered. You don't want to censor honestly held opinions or humour either, but Kilroy seems to bring out the dodgy ones.

Just like in real life, then.

Suzanne said...

Michael Oakeshot like the rest of his UKIP colleagues never lets the facts get in the way of a good sound bite does he!

EU money is almost exclusively spent in and by the Member States. This is where the overwhelming majority of irregularities occur.

Suzanne said...

Kilroy Silks victory in the European Elections was a sad reflection of the cult of celebrity in the UK.

Lets hope that now people have seen him in action or should I say inaction that they use their vote for someone who will actually turn up in Parliament to represent them.