Lest we forget………a lot!


Just a reminder of what we have agreed to leave behind. The thumbnail pix is of the launch of an Ariane5 rocket, with a payload of four Galileo GPS Satellites. Galileo is the name for the European-funded GPS system, which is not really needed because TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX AND LAURENCE COUSTAL (FILES) This file photo taken on November 17, 2016 shows a handout released on November 17, 2016 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Centre national d'etudes spatiale (CNES, the French government space agency) and the Arianespace satellite launch company shows the Ariane 5 rocket with a payload of four Galileo satellites lifting off from ESA's European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.  Seventeen years and more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live on December 15, 2016 promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance. Initial services, free to use worldwide, will be available only on smartphones and navigation boxes already fitted with Galileo-compatible microchips.  / AFP PHOTO / ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE / S. MARTIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

the American GPS system is up, working like a Swiss watch, and free to everyone who wishes it. But the EU had to have one because, well, France got fed up with their beloved EU needing to use the cursed Yankee satellites just to find out where they were. So, we in Britain, despite the fact that we are leaving, will have to pay our share of the running costs; estimated as being €750 million per year, as well as the agreed share of the satellites, launch vehicles, ground stations:along with the launch vehicle and the two replacement satellites, because the first two were set in a lower orbital altitude after a ‘mishap’:( because well SHIT HAPPENS): all of which is costing €20 Billions plus; and rising to where no-one actually knows any more.

And all of this cost, all of YOUR cash, was spent / is being spent / will be spent in the future without a single voter, out of the entire 508 million, ever being asked if they wanted to be able to proudly point, well, upwards, and state; We paid for that! How did the EU get away with that, as well as all the other boondoggling expenditures over the past forty-odd years? Simples: because the system was designed so no-one,apart from the Brussels bureaucrats, ever gets to ask ‘Why?”

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