REG: Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don’t they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads–
COMMANDOS: Huh? Heh? Huh…
COMMANDO #2: Education.
REG: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
COMMANDO #1: And the wine.
COMMANDOS: Oh, yes. Yeah…
FRANCIS: Yeah. Yeah, that’s something we’d really miss, Reg, if the Romans left. Huh.
COMMANDO: Public baths.
LORETTA: And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now, Reg.
FRANCIS: Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let’s face it. They’re the only ones who could in a place like this.
COMMANDOS: Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
REG: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
XERXES: Brought peace.
REG: Oh. Peace? Shut up!
What have the Romans Ever Done For Us, Life of Brian – 1979.
I love the application of mixed data onto maps. I’ve even dipped my toe in the past. But I have to say the MyEu.UK is quite possibly one of the best executed examples I’ve seen in a while. The four person team at MyEU has taken data from eleven financial datasets from both UK Government and EU sources. They have then integrated this with geo-data to create this excellent map of EU projects in the UK and how much specific areas have received from the EU.
The map shows that Manchester alone has received £1.5m of EU money to 97 farmers; spent £322m to support 823 research projects; £5.1m in 13 culture projects; and has given £120m to support Growth and Jobs in the area.
The Map even allows you to zoom in and locate specific projects and their location. For example, the £1.2m project to support areas near Helston to Coverack (In Cornwall) with 30mb+ superfast Broadband. An area historically plagued with communication issues in the past.
Overall, it’s a fantastic use of data. But it also has a dark side – it’s easy to see which areas in the UK that could be the most negativity affected by the reduction of EU funding following on from Brexit. Northern Ireland is one such area that looks likely to loose out financially in this regard. Northern Ireland alone currently receives around £310m a year for farmers, and has been given £307m for research, culture & growth and jobs in EU funding.
So the next time somebody says ‘What has the EU done for us?’ have a look at the map at www.myeu.uk/ and tell them exactly.