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Dear Nigel Farage

May 10, 2015

Dear Nigel,

I know this is a difficult time, but I’m afraid there is a matter I must raise with you.

Last year, you were questioned about your abysmal attendance record in the European Parliament. Your response was that this was due to poor health (although, that doesn’t explain your party’s poor attendance record).

A few days ago, on Radio 4’s World at One programme, you were again questioned about your poor attendance this year. Your response was that as party leader you felt you had special dispensation to not show up.

In your post-defeat interview, you stated that you now intended to “take the summer off, have some fun and do very little politics”. During this period you and your wife (who I believe is also on the EU payroll as your assistant) will collect over £50,000 to represent your region in the European Parliament.

You are now no longer any party’s leader and your health appears to be dandy. European Parliament doesn’t go into summer recess for some months. Why do you feel you are entitled to take the next few months off to have fun, while I continue to fund you?

If you are genuinely concerned about corruption and waste at the European level, perhaps you could set a good example by resigning from your MEP position too and allow someone to do it who wants to do it.

I await your response with excitement.

Kind Regards

Alex

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. cvnadagroup2017 permalink
    May 10, 2015 10:16 pm

    I know this is a difficult time, but I’m afraid there is a matter I must raise with you

  2. May 11, 2015 12:51 am

    You do realise that when Nick Clegg was an MEP his and Nigel’s attendance were identical?
    Nigel was involved in a very serious plane crash in case you hadn’t noticed?
    He has been fighting the UK’s corner more than any other for years and videos from the European parliaments have been uploaded to youtube on a near daily basis!
    Only the greedy MEPs turn up every day when there is nothing to be done so they can collect a daily allowance bonus.
    Attending only when necessary saves the EU money meaning it has to rob less from taxpayers.
    Nigel hasn’t had a holiday in years and if you have an issue with the length allowable you should take that up with the EU.
    If you cared about real issues e.g. democracy you might do better to ask why over 5 million Green and UKIP voters are represented by just 2 MPs in total.

    • May 11, 2015 1:02 am

      This is all tripe of course, but I am genuinely fascinated by one of your straw men. How exactly is it that “attending only when necessary saves the EU money”?

      • May 11, 2015 5:03 pm

        Many Euro MP’s just sign in to get paid and collect allowances and then bugger off for the day….as outed on TV! Nigel wants to get us out of the Franco-German Empire…why should he spend much time there?

  3. May 11, 2015 1:08 am

    Due to the allowance that is paid out daily to each MEP that attends.
    About £300 for travel with no receipts required.
    Many turn up to collect their money and turn straight around to go home.

    • stevecheneysindieopinions4u permalink
      May 11, 2015 5:35 am

      Yes, and UKIP’s MEPs are absolutely the worst offenders. The problem with Farage’s excuses for non-attendance is that the rest of his party’s MEPs have poor attendance as well. It would take abnormal charity to assume that his excuses for doing what the rest of his party are doing as well are in any way sincere. He certainly shows no sign of having told them to turn up more.

      Also, your claim that this “saves” money doesn’t really fly. It only “saves” money if you were going to claim for the travel and then do no work at all. So much like a burglar saying he’s saved you some money by not robbing your house.

    • May 11, 2015 5:51 am

      Would be interesting to see sources regarding MEPs turning up to collect cash and going home.

    • Matt permalink
      May 11, 2015 8:42 am

      Except that even when UKIP could have made a real difference, earnt their salaries and really helped out British fisherman, they didn’t http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ukip-fish-and-ivory-voting-record.html

    • May 11, 2015 11:31 am

      Matt – you seem like a reasonable person, so I’ll take some time.

      The daily £300 rate to which your refer is, in fact, €306 which equates to roughly £215. It does not get paid on days of plenary sessions. It requires an MEP to be present for at least 50% of the votes that day, otherwise it gets halved to £107.50 which is precisely the rate they would get if they were on business away from the Parliament. In any case, after the overhaul of MEP expenses in 2014, there is now a flat £3,850 allowance that gets paid to all, regardless of whether they turn up or not. That is the only “expense” element I have included in the above figure.

      I say all this because facts matter. It is easy to take something half-heard in a pub or half-read in the Express and repeat it so many times that in your mind it becomes inalienable fact. One of your fellow UKIP supporters has already picked up the banner in the comments below, as you can see. Maybe the next one will make it £400 a day. Facts matter and, if you are as interested in the truth as you claim, next time you hear a fellow kipper spouting this nonsense you will quietly take them to one side and say: “You know, that is actually not true. We should stop making stuff up, because it really hurts our credibility.” Or maybe you won’t.

      As for Nigel Farage… A man who boasted publicly about trousering £2m in expenses over a decade, a man who employed his wife as an assistant (and, apparently, also his mistress) for many years, until the European Parliament made it against the rules to employ family members, at which point she miraculously turned into an assistant to a fellow MEP, a man who claimed £17k annual rent and £3k for electricity for a barn used as an office which a friend was letting him use for free… Is the idea that this man never turns up for the job for which we pay him thousands of pounds in order to save us the extra £107.50 subsistence seriously your defence argument?

      • Benthedog permalink
        May 12, 2015 5:35 am

        Would you kindly exchange some Pounds for Euros for me, I am going on holiday later and would like to give you £215,000 (my family are big eaters) and you will give me €306,000.
        Thank you.

      • May 12, 2015 7:11 am

        Sure. I’ll email you my account details so you can transfer the £215k.

  4. Chris Tomkinson permalink
    May 11, 2015 5:53 am

    What a ridiculous letter. Comment above shows he will receive less personal income by not attending and thus not collecting £300 daily allowance. Also Nigel gave up a successful lucrative career as a metals broker to stand for something he believes in. That is nation state democracy. All he wants is democracy and improvement in social mobility that has disappeared now in UK. Watch his speeches , read his manifesto and then open your minds to the fact he could be well intentioned.

  5. May 11, 2015 7:13 am

    Matt Pavey, I think you’ll find that not all people are motivated by money, and some actually want to make a difference and that’s why they go into politics ( even if that is misguided!) When people vote for politicians to represent them in a parliament, they expect them to turn up to vote, and to contribute to committees. How many if these does Nigel attend? Also, please provide the evidence that some MEPs just turn up for the travel allowance.

  6. Neil C permalink
    May 11, 2015 7:55 am

    If he did resign as MEP his place would be taken by the equally odious Donna Edmunds.

    Before she defected to UKIP from the Conservatives, she got into a Twitter spat with one her constituents where she called him a village idiot. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-14767872

    Last year, she caused further controversy by saying that businesses should be allowed to refuse service to women and gays. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-26455157

    Her attendance record as a local counciller in Lewes was appaling. It seems that she didn’t bother standing in the local elections this time round, assuming that Farage’s victory in Thanet South would see her off on the gravy train to Brussels. Hopefully his defeat now see the end of her political ambitions.

  7. Tony permalink
    May 11, 2015 11:28 pm

    In the interest of fairness: are you going to also write a similar letter to the Sinn Fein MPs?

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