UKIP pair among ‘laziest’ Euro MPs

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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So M. Goodwin is going to vote UKIP. Well I suppose s/he will be voting when so many people don’t even bother but then they are probably the ones who moan the most.

However, M. Goodwin asks me if I have forgotten the MPs’ expenses scandal a few years ago. Obviously I have not and some MPs were disgraceful, and some even went to prison. However, it should be remembered the vast majority of MPs were not involved in any scandal and were/are totally honest.

So M. Goodwin might be voting UKIP because they are more honest than the other parties. However, the behaviour of the leader, Nigel Farage, and his former deputy, Paul Nuttall, disprove this myth. As MEPs in the European Parliament (to which honest people like M. Goodwin voted into) they each earned over £1m. over the last five years in salary and expenses.

As Del Boy would have said: “A nice little earner Rodney”.

But did they earn this huge amount? Did they work hard for their money. Not a bit of it. According to a survey conducted by the Independent in May 2014, these two “gentlemen” were found to be two of the laziest MEPs out of over 600. They finished in the bottom five: not the bottom 5% but in the bottom five. The other three were probably dead.

This survey revealed Farage and Nuttall were very poor attendees, never asked questions and rarely voted on anything but still took their salary and claimed expenses.

I have also just realised the new deputy leader of UKIP is Neil Hamilton. Surely this cannot be the disgraced Conservative MP who didn’t think it was wrong to accept lots of cash and fancy holidays to ask questions in Parliament for which he was sacked and disgraced. But it is him.

If people like M.Goodwin want to vote for such people then that is their right but God help them and the rest of us.

Gerard McCabe