The Beamish Museum is in the news this week because it is no longer earmarked to get £4 million from the European Regional Development Fund.
Now I am a great supporter of this County Durham heritage site, which is an economic asset to the North East, and I hope it long continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.
But no one should be fooled into thinking that we should rely on and be grateful for European money. Let me make it plain – there is no such thing. This country meekly hands over a staggering £55 million a day to the EU and then they very kindly give us some back and we jump up and down in gratitude.
It is madness almost beyond belief and the sooner we leave this failing economic bloc the better.