At the end of the year with Brexit faltering, Brussels looks like a cesspool of secretive backwoods and twisted politicians

THIS was the year the 17.4 million of us who voted to leave the EU in 2016 could ask ourselves, “Was it worth it?”

This whole division.

Brussels reels in what looks like the biggest financial scandal in EU history - pictured MEP Eva Kaili

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Brussels reels in what looks like the biggest financial scandal in EU history – pictured MEP Eva KailiPhoto credit: AFP
Belgian police seized more than £1.3million in raids on 19 homes and parliament offices

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Belgian police seized more than £1.3million in raids on 19 homes and parliament officesCredit: EPA

all the trauma

all this pain

And for what?

The only person to have done brilliantly after Brexit is Boris Johnson, the great cheerleader who has paid more than £1million in speaking fees since leaving 10 Downing Street just three months ago.

Now that’s what I call the post-Brexit sunlit highlands!

As our battered, broken country grinds to a halt, it’s easy to forget why the British people voted to leave the EU with more votes than ever in our history.

But now I remember.

Brussels is suddenly reeling with what looks like the biggest financial scandal in EU history.

Belgium’s anti-corruption police have reported €1.5m (£1.3m) found in two houses and a suitcase believed to be dirty money from Qatar.

MEP Eva Kaili, one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, is one of four people currently in custody accused of accepting bribes from World Cup hosts Qatar to influence EU policy.

Ironically, the EU wanted to vote this week to grant Qataris visa-free travel to the EU.

A bit awkward.

The vote was silently discarded.

The attractive Kaili is a former TV presenter who spoke eloquently in the European Parliament about the glorious working conditions in Qatar.

She denies any wrongdoing.

Qatar government says all bribery allegations are “seriously misinformed”.

But why do suitcases crammed with used euros worth millions slosh around?

It stinks.

It stinks to high heaven.

And now we remember one of the founding fathers of Brexit – accountability.

We left because millions of Britons felt there was a democratic deficit in the European Union.

We left the EU because of its lack of accountability.

We – 17.4 million of us – felt that our laws were made and our lives ruled by faceless Eurocrats who had no affection, love or respect for our country.

And we suspected that some of our faceless gentlemen in Brussels were not there for the good of Europe.

But to stick their snout into the bottomless EU trough.

It looks like we’re right.

Perhaps we were naïve to think that life outside the European Union would be pure bliss – or even better.

Perhaps it was ridiculously wrong to think that leaving the EU would give us greater control over our borders – because have they ever looked more uncontrolled than they do today?

But that’s about to come – we were right when we said the EU is utterly irresponsible, a sordid thug steeped in blatant corruption, a gravy train of sickening gluttony and greed.

When those of us who supported Brexit are asked what we gained by leaving the EU, our default answer is the launch of vaccines, which would not have happened if we were still at the dead hand of EU bureaucracy would have been directed.

And it is true, although we cannot hide behind the introduction of vaccines forever.

Brexit must be about other benefits or it will fail.

But at the end of the year, with Brexit stalling, Brussels looks like a sewer of secret backwoods, bent politicians and rampant corruption.

And if we want better relations with our EU friends in 2023, we clearly need to start stuffing some suitcases full of cash.

What a busy body

ELLE Macpherson, 58, shares a new clip with her 660,000 Instagram followers in which she looks exactly – and I mean exactly – as she did when she was first crowned The Body in 1989 after appearing on the cover of Time had appeared.

How does she do it?

Supermodel Elle reveals her figure is the same as when she first starred in The Body in 1989

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Supermodel Elle reveals her figure is the same as when she first starred in The Body in 1989

It’s more complicated than just winning the national genetic lottery.

Elle shares a link to her interview with the Body & Soul website, where she goes into great detail about her strict regime, which includes yoga, hydration, meditation, breathing exercises and “rising with the sun.”

And smiling.

Lots of smiles.

The smile is above everything.

The first thing Elle Macpherson does every day is — smile.

And the last thing she does every day is – smile.

There is a lesson there for all of us.

you can be thankful

Be thankful for what you have.

And smile.

Mind you, Elle Macpherson has a great deal to laugh about.

Screwed up, Mick

Flat-topped railroad union arsonist MICK Lynch was a media darling as late as September, when he guest-starred at the smug Lefty Love festival Have I Got News For You.

How long ago it seems!

Lynch angrily ordered GMB's Richard Madeley to interview himself when asked if he was ruining Christmas

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Lynch angrily ordered GMB’s Richard Madeley to interview himself when asked if he was ruining ChristmasPhoto credit: LNP

This week, Lynch broke out at two presenters who had the audacity to ask him a tricky question.

Lynch angrily ordered GMB’s Richard Madeley to interview himself when Richard wondered if Mick was spoiling Christmas.

On BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Lynch bizarrely accused Mishal Husain of “parroting” right-wing propaganda because he didn’t show enough “admiration” for his senseless, hateful strike.

Calm down, comrade!

If you lose your rag, Mick, you’ve lost the argument.

Biden old joke

“You think I don’t know how f***ing old I am?” President Joe Biden, 80, reportedly snapped at an unfortunate footman.

Hmmm.

Biden falls off his bike, snaps at reporters, makes Air Force One look like it needs a stairlift

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Biden falls off his bike, snaps at reporters, makes Air Force One look like it needs a stairliftPhoto credit: AFP

Let us think carefully before we act on this, Mr President.

You recently thanked the Prime Minister of Colombia warmly for his leadership when you had a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen of, um, Cambodia.

Wrong world leader.

Wrong continent.

You recently gave a speech at the White House where you asked if Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was in the audience – “Where’s Jackie?” you laughed.

“Is Jackie here?”

Walorski died in a car accident in August.

Biden falls off his bike, snaps at reporters, makes Air Force One look like it needs a stairlift.

I’m afraid “Sleepy Joe” doesn’t quite cover it anymore.

With all due respect, Joe Biden, who doesn’t know his age, is certainly a definite possibility.

Will and Kate’s abbey family

CATHERINE, Princess of Wales, is becoming a loyal Santa.

Last year, Kate played the piano in public for the first time at the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas service at Westminster Abbey, accompanied by singer Tom Walker.

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at the Christmas service with their children Princess Charlotte and Prince George

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The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at the ‘Together at Christmas’ Christmas service at Westminster Abbey with their children Princess Charlotte and Prince GeorgeCredit: PA

That year, at the same Christmas service, she beamed in seasonal red alongside her husband and two eldest children.

Kate also posted a clip to Twitter showing her decorating her family’s tree, wrapped up warm in a festive winter cardigan, wreathed in a smile.

What a contrast to Mr. and Mrs. Markle, Les Miserables of Montecito.

A new poll by YouGov suggests Harry and Meghan are now the least popular royals, with only Prince Andrew voting lower.

I do not agree.

In fact, I would choose Andrew over this self-pitying couple any day.

But one good thing came from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex constantly telling us how hard life was in all those callous palaces and how superficial it was for the racist Brits to pay for their £30million wedding , and how the racist British media conspired to feed Meghan to the racist corgis.

Harry and Meghan have certainly secured the future of the British monarchy for the next 100 years.

Gareth is vital

I pray Gareth Southgate remains England manager.

The man is part of the DNA of English football.

The boy who missed the penalty in 1996, the man in the vest in 2018.

There was only pride for England at this 2022 World Cup.

No foreign replacement – and any Southgate replacement is likely to be foreign, given that Eddie Howe will be at Newcastle for a number of years – will ever feel England’s agony and ecstasy quite like Southgate.

The team is young and will get better.

The next euros will start in 18 months.

Gareth, be a little braver with the incredible talent you have on the bench.

But please stay

Stay because you’re good at your job.

Stay because this England squad and England fans love you.

Sharon was hospitalized after falling ill while filming a ghost show on the
I ate Buddy the Elf's breakfast pasta - people say it's sick, but I don't care

But most of all, stay because you’re one of us.

  • THIS column is back with a bang on New Year’s Day. Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine.

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