#196* – EUkip’s DISCREDITTED MEP Tom WISE COMMENTS
Clean EUkip up NOW & make UKIP electable!
EUkip’s DISCREDITTED MEP Tom WISE, CURRENTLY OUT ON BAIL, COMMENTS ON ASPECTS OF DECLAN GANLEY on HIS WEB SITE
Tom Wise’s researcher has a good point and reminds us all that as Farage was The co Chairman of the Ind.Dem.Group with Bonde until he moved on – thus surely they are BOTH under investigation by OLAF on this issue and as the remaining co Chairman Farage seemingly aware that the money is still being syphoned off – perhaps he is digging an even deeper hole, for himself and EUkip!
Perhaps Farage is keeping the door open to jump ship to Libertas, using Ind.Dem.Group money as his Life Line when EUkip collapses in June, as increasingly seems likely.
UKIP members will have been bitterly disappointed to learn that Libertas will be fielding candidates in the UK in next year’s Euro elections. With the party struggling electorally, and being regularly beaten by the far-right BNP, morale in the branches is at its lowest point.
A high profile, well funded, alternative slate of candidates is the last thing that UKIP needs. Today Declan Ganley, president of Libertas, and Jens Peter Bonde, president of the pan-European EU Democrats (EUD), issued a joint statement concerning the possibility of a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland.
It is this alliance that should raise serious questions as to exactly what is going on.
With a number of EUD officials being employed as members of the Independence & Democracy group, of which UKIP is the largest delegation, we need to ask if UKIP is, indirectly, funding its own opponents:
each IND DEM UKIP MEP contributes directly to Ind Dem funds.
During a recent visit to the European Parliament, Mr Ganley was attended to by a number of officials from Ind Dem, and the EUD.
Bonde was, of course, until recently the co-President of Ind Dem The European Parliament is known to have launched an investigation into this misuse of Parliament staff, and not for the first time: Bonde was previously investigated following revelations that his wife’s news agency, EU observer, was employing staff on contracts supplied by Ind Dem.
These were taxpayer funded staff that should have been working for MEPs, not for a private company.
During a lunch with Ganley, Nigel Farage made a strong statement about the credibility of the eurosceptic movement, singling out the Anti-Maastricht Alliance, saying that it was time for something new.
This was seen by many as a prelude to a shift in position away from withdrawal, possibly in concert with Ganley.
Following the Libertas announcement, however, Farage was highly critical of that party, dismissing them as campaigners that are “against the Lisbon Treaty as long as the Irish are”.
Where does UKIP stand now?
The party leader has elevated contrarianism to new heights by seemingly distancing himself from both the old and new eurosceptic movements. If there is a repositioning away from unconditional withdrawal, then he will also distance himself from his own membership.
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