All this week I have been talking to people back home in the UK who are already being asked for serious tightening of belts. From firefighters to universities.
Tomorrow I will go back to Brussels and into the bubble that seems to pretend that the real world simply does not exist. Over recent weeks each EP committee has proposed amendment after amendment of UPWARDS revisions to budgets.... with UK Tories usually in the minority saying "NO!".
Would the European Union just notch in its own belt a bit please.