Wild card Euro MP to quit Brussels because “it’s all about the money”

Wild card Euro MP to quit Brussels because “it’s all about the money”

Wild card Euro MP Marinho e Pinto is back in the news this week, declaring Brussels to be a sham.
Seven days after arriving to take up the seat in Strasbourg that he won in last May’s elections, he told Jornal de Notícias: “The element that keeps Europe together has nothing to do with ideals or policies, it’s all about the money – and I don’t believe in an organisation constructed about this money”.
Nonetheless, for now at least, the former head of the lawyer’s association is hanging on to his (considerable) Euro MP salary. He told reporters: “I am poor, I need the money.”
Elected to Europe for the MPT-Earth Party (his win was one of the big surprises of 2014’s European elections), he explained he wants to run for parliament in Portugal next year.
“I mean to stand for the Republican Assembly where I am more needed to resolve the political problems of the Portuguese. National problems are much more important than the European ones”.
He also has his eyes on the presidential elections in 2016. This way he feels those who voted for him should not feel defrauded. “I am continuing the fight. War has many trenches”.
Needless to say, blogwriters and critics have made much of the fact that Marinho e Pinto is holding on to his massive salary – particularly as he’s gone on record saying the 17.000 euros per month that Euro MPs can make is “shameful”.
Another query hangs over the party for which he proposes to run in next year’s elections. For now all that is certain is that the outspoken legal eagle will be leaving his political posting next year “less of a Europeanist” than he was when he took it up.