Chris Heaton-Harris and his gifted staff have carried out a preliminary analysis of the EU budget, with a report on Conservative Home.
Amongst other things, he laments his inability to change any of the details, which rather underlines the point that, individually - and even as a national caucus - MEPs are essentially powerless. Making that point, however, is entirely valid.
The more people realise that our job is merely to sign the cheques, the better. One day - perhaps - we might get to a situation where people get fed up with feeding the appetite of the "colleagues" for more and more of our cash.