UK's eurovision entry has 5 more points knocked offWatch
Why exactly? It's only a few hundred grand according to the Adam Smith institute so not exactly much at all. Besides membership of the EBU is not solely about Eurovision.
Extent of my effs to give.
The cost is far more than thew cost of the entry fees. The Adam Smith Institute (that you clearly did not pay attention to) says it is between £4 million and £7.5 million.
Either way my point stands. It is not a lot of money.
I don't see the cost argument as having any validity.. we don't pay the money because we want to win - the BBC pays the money because people want to watch it, and per view, I am pretty sure it works out at a decent return. You would have to compare the return in viewership to other events, sporting and cultural, and see what the ration between cost and viewers is like. Given the BBC has been very willing to let go of events that demand to much money compared to viewers in the past, I doubt they are overpaying compare to how many people are watching.
As for why we don't win? Partly because we enter nobodies who are genuinely not the best entries anyway ( I have never watched a year and thought 'wow, the UK entry was the best' - and partly political. Most of Europe aren't to fond of us after all, especially not with brexit currently happening.
There has always been a separation between europe and the UK in the minds/hearts/history of the people of both sides. The distance between us and them maybe slightly worse because of brexit, but its not caused by brexit.