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Sunday, 24 May 2009

Don't vote UKIP: The hypocrisy of Nigel Farage



Farage is a hypocrite. He condemns greedy MPs and yet is quite happy to claim over £2 million in expenses himself.

In a pathetic attempt to justify his greed Farage has said that MEPs are "very expensive". He also refuses to publish a list of what he spent the money on.

Farage, you have been exposed as a liar and a fraud. If you had ANY integrity - which you don't - you would resign.

Taken from the Observer:

The leader of the UK Independence party (Ukip), which wants to lead Britain out of the EU, has taken £2m of taxpayers' money in expenses and allowances as a member of the European Parliament, on top of his £64,000 a year salary.

Nigel Farage, who is calling on voters to punish "greedy Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs" at the European elections on 4 June, boasted of his personal expenses haul at a meeting with foreign journalists in London last week.

The admission threatens to flatten a bounce in the polls for Ukip that has seen the party climb to around 17% over the last fortnight as angry voters flock to smaller parties regarded as untainted by the Westminster expenses scandal.

During a debate about Europe at the Foreign Press Association - which was discreetly taped by the hosts - Farage was asked by former Europe minister Denis MacShane what he had received in non-salary expenses and allowances since becoming an MEP in 1999.

"It is a vast sum," Farage said. "I don't know what the total amount is but - oh lor - it must be pushing £2 million." Taken aback, MacShane then joked: "Is it too late to become an MEP?"

Farage insisted that he had not "pocketed" the money but had used the "very large sum of European taxpayers' money" to help promote Ukip's message that the UK should get out of the EU.

When asked later by the Observer to justify how he could claim so much while running a campaign attacking Westminster MPs for their extravagance, Farage was unapologetic, saying that, while MEPs were "very expensive", he was entirely happy that the money had been used for the best of causes."

Last night, as Ukip circulated new party literature saying Westminster MPs had "ripped off taxpayers", Farage, who employs his wife to help run his office and pays her from his allowances, faced a backlash as opponents accused him of hypocrisy. MacShane suggested that Ukip's attempt to pose as more honourable on expenses than other parties had been exposed as shameless and hollow.

"Far from being the party of the little man in Europe, Nigel Farage's astounding £2m raid on the taxpayer shows he is up there with any other politician, happy to line his pockets with gold," he said.

Ukip's opponents now hope the admission will halt the party's advance which Farage's supporters believe could see it overtake Labour and secure second place in the European poll.

At the last European elections in 2004, Ukip enjoyed its greatest success, installing 12 MEPs in the European Parliament after securing 16.1% of the vote.

But the success rapidly turned sour as one of the dozen, Ashley Mote, was expelled from the party - and later jailed - for benefit fraud. Another, Tom Wise, is now facing prosecution for alleged false accounting and money laundering relating to his EU expenses. He denies the charges. Television presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk, who won the East Midlands for Ukip, later left to form another eurosceptic outfit, Veritas.

With the pressure on all parliamentarians mounting, Farage insisted on Friday that from next month all his MEPs would publish their expenses online. "From the moment any Ukip members get elected, all elected MEPs will provide a clear and traceable quarterly statement of their expense accounts," he said.

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2 comments:

Bob Feal-martinez said...

You really are scraping the barrel. This is a nothing story. The average MP takes 1.6 million without travel in 10 years. Most do not have two offices to support, 4 employees and extensive travel to and from Brussels etc, all from the 2 million. 4 staff staff at 20k would eat into the 200k/year let alone.

This is just poor journalism at the outset.

As for GLW's latest ramblings on his blog, he really does need to see a doctor. I am accused of not making sense, I defy anyone to translate his latest into English.

Greg L-W. said...

Hi,

surely it is not so much that Farage has trousered an admitted £2,000,000 it is much more concerning that there is a fairly easily identifiable further £1,000,000 which seems to have been trousered.

It is also the irrefutable fact that Nigel Farage is a cheat and a liar.

By the way - what TWO Offices? The EU provides the office in The EU, The pro EU Ind.Dem.Group which Farage Chairs funds much for him.

As for the office in Britain - that is funded by Julia Longhurst.

By the way did you include the £25,000 for 10 months for his wife for doing......?

As for your playground insults - do explain which part of which Blog you were unable to understand.

I appreciate you do have difficulty understanding the language at times - probably why you so regularly lie and that you lack the integrity to apologise when proven to have consequentially lie is unfortunate but I guess is just a part of your unethical upbringing and background.

The damage you do the credibility of what is left of EUkip that is of value is imeasurable.

By the way - please do not claim that Farage has been spending the £Millions on the party as that could wind up by putting him in prison - as he has not declared the theft as a donation to the party and morally it is theft.

You will note the only time that EUkip leadership dribble a small amount of money back is when they are trying to buy their way back to the trough.

If you have any difficulty understanding any of this English do by all means phrase your question politely, with help if you need it, and I or Junius will I am sure find the time to help you.

Do try to stay away from your bar room style insults they serve your cause ill.

Regards,
Greg L-W.