I emailed my MEPs the other day about the plight of migrant birds in Malta and in the main I got positive feedback from most of them, remember we use proportional representation in EU elections so we can get anyone, whether we necessarily agree with them or not.
The one response I got that really took me aback was this gem of indifference from Derek Clark the UKIP MEP. I want to send a reasoned response, I have some ideas in mind but I wondered what anyone reading my blog might want to add…
Thank you for your message.
The shooting of birds on Malta is a long running story. It concerns not
only Malta but coastal regions of Italy and elsewhere around that part of
the Mediterranean where birds of passage are shot down in considerable
numbers. It is, I understand, a right of passage into manhood when
youngster brings down his first bird. So it’s a cultural thing and very
difficult to eradicate.
The EU brought in legislation to ban it well over ten years ago but it is
not implemented at the local level. Police in those areas simply turn a
blind eye and none of the locals make a complaint because it’s part of their
way of life.
As regards taking action I have to say that regrettable though this practice
may be it is not for me to interfere. As you may know UKIP advocates
withdrawal from the EU primarily because we reject EU interference in our
affairs. I will not therefore try to interfere in the affairs of other
countries. They must sort the things out for themselves and if they want to
be regarded as brutal then it is their own lookout.
Derek Clark MEP
Well – what do you think?
Personally, it pisses me off that UKIP are happy to spend EU money sitting in the EU Parliament… maybe we should insist they at least do SOMETHING to earn that money!