Present at the environs of the European Council today in Brussels, UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge said: “When David Cameron raised the scandal of the UK taxpayers being forced to fork out £55 million per year in child benefit to kids who live in eastern Europe, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in January, his comments were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’.
“Poland’s foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski - who was, like Cameron, a member of the infamous Bullingdon Club while a student at Oxford, said Cameron suffers from ‘a kind of incompetence in European affairs’.
“Donald Tusk is a rabid EU centraliser who wants to take more power away from national governments and hand it over to Brussels control. UKIP are opposed to this move.
“He has done everything he can to undermine press freedom in Poland. Since he came to power, 25 prominent journalists who were critical of the Polish government have been sacked or their programmes taken off air. Given that the EU spends over 2.4 billion euro a year on communications, (according to an Open Europe study) this is a very dangerous state of affairs.
“It is a scandal that David Cameron would back Poland’s Donald Tusk for the powerful position of President of the European Council. It shows that Cameron is so weakened by his failed attempt to stop Jean-Claude Juncker for the Commission job, that he is now happy to back anybody, even a dogmatic EU federalist such as Tusk. This may appease those in power in Brussels but will further alienate Cameron from the mood of the British electorate.”