EU election blog is always worth a read:
Nigel Farage admits to taking £2,000,000 in expenses, or 'allowances', in 10 years as an MEP.
He claims to have used that to promote UKIP in the UK.
3 UKIP MEPs were elected in 1999, when Farage was first elected. In five years, to 2004, they must have then made £600,000 per year in allowances.
Making £3,000,000 from 1999 to 2004.
In 2004 12 were elected. They lost 1 immediately (Ashley Mote), 1 (Kilroy Silk) left soon after. So assume the 10, Tom Wise was never expelled, each made £200,000 each year in allowances.
UKIP MEPs then, supposedly, made £2,000,000 per year over five years in allowances. Making £10,000,000 over the last five years to promote the party.
After these county council elections:
UKIP have gained 6 county councillors.
English Democrats have 1 elected mayor.
BNP have gained 2 county councillors.
Greens have gained 6 county councillors.
As UKIP say, those using taxpayers' money usually waste it. Perhaps they should practice what they preach, because that looks like a poor return to me.
Or perhaps UKIP gravy train passengers just couldn't survive in the business world.
Or they actually haven't been promoting their party with their allowances after all.
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And let us not forget that before the MP expenses scandal UKIP was set to do very badly. They have not gained votes due to their policies, MEPs or Farage. They have gained support because voters naively think that UKIP is different.
Voters will soon come to realise their mistake. UKIP is just as corrupt as the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.