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Nigel Farage & His Sex Life are seemingly paid for by UKIP & The EFD, its sponsors & members and Tax Payers!
Friday 14 March 2014
The Nigel Farage story has moved on today, but is by no means abating. The media, however are moving away from the slightly risky territory of the UKIP leader paying a former mistress and onto the very much safer ground of him paying his wife, Kirsten, out of his secretarial allowance.
Farage & Titford were found guilty of fraudulent use of tax payers money and were ordered to repay £11,000 – that time!)After yesterday’s epic front page headline from The Sun, demanding, “Did UKIP with your aide Nige?”, on the back of a page 5 story, the Daily Mail repeats the allegation today that Farage had an affair with Anabelle Fuller, who returned to Farage’s personal payroll last year.The paper thus asks, “Could Nigel Farage’s ‘weakness for women’ be his Achilles’ heel?”, declaring that: “Ukip leader’s love life may be his undoing at May’s Euro elections”.
However, a piece on Huffington Post rehearses yesterday’s story, but is notable for some of the comments which suggest that Farage’s private life is his own affair, and nobody else’s business. That is fair enough comment, or would have been until Farage decided to mix business with pleasure. Then it becomes a legitimate public issue.
Very much later, the Daily Mail tracked down this former employee, but she refused to spill the beans, then having her own career to think of as a full-time Brussels functionnaire. That left the paper without a libel-proof story, so the details were never released.
As for Annabelle Fuller, her relationship with Farage was an open secret. Such was their lack of caution that Farage had to be warned several times about making it too overt. He was, for instance, cautioned against taking her to Washington for a long weekend at the taxpayer’s expense. But he never denied to friends and colleagues the nature of the relationship.
(G.L-W. comment: Were Farage an honest man he could confirm I warned him of the danger and advided him not to take her as he would be setting himself up – he took my advice and at the last minute dropped her from the trip.)
Once the newspapers started to pick it up, though, both emphatically denied their tryst, making ample use of the services of no-win, no-fee legal services. More that a few journalists fell foul of the Farage sting, leaving a legacy of ill-will that could only bode ill.
The show-down with the long-suffering Kirsten, however, could not be put off forever. More than once, she had locked him out of the house when he had returned in the small hours from his drunken, womanising binges, and with one expensive divorce already costing him dear, he could not afford another.
The question thus remains as to whether Farage did a deal with public money. At the moment, no one is saying, but not a few in the party have been asking whether paying Kirsten her £30,000 salary was “hush money” for putting up with Annabelle. There had to be a reason for breaking all the promises ever made by UKIP about not hiring wives.
But now, even Mz Fuller is back on the payroll. I think we are also entitled to know if that is because she knows where too many bodies are buried. For whatever reason, a woman with an erratic background and little to commend her, is being paid a stellar £60,000 salary by Farage – plus additional fees to her PR business.
The point, of course, is that secretarial allowances are to enable MEPs to service their constituencies and perform effectively as elected representatives. For that, research is essential, an area in which UKIP generally – and Farage in particular – is dismally lacking.
As a former researcher for Farage’s one-time group in Brussels, the EDD, I know only too well how vital the research role is. After I left, the role was never properly serviced. Bloom even sought my services again, but I recall my response being: “not even if hell freezes over”. I now work as a researcher in a private capacity, for some decent men.
But I am very far from being the only competent researcher in the business. And for £100,000 a year, Farage could buy some serious capability. How much of the low-grade output coming out of UKIP is the result of his spending taxpayers’ money on keeping his women quiet?
If he had done as I had suggested, and taken a like amount from the expenses of each of the UKIP MEPs, with additional group funds we could have set up a world-class research unit in Brussels, relying on the overhead being paid for by the European Parliament. The aim was to rival the famous Conservative Research Department, the unit which kept Margaret Thatcher in power.
That, of course, leaves UKIP members out on a limb. Yet Farage, in his own defence, asserts that his supporters “have had to develop thick skins and brave resilience when dealing with ‘smears'”. By this means, he dismisses the recent press as “part of a concerted campaign to undermine us which just makes us dig our heels in and wave off the Establishment”. But it won’t wash.
This is exactly what one might expect of Farage, but those who wish to dismiss current events as “smears” need to grow up. It is a miracle that their leader has got away with it for so long. He has held hostages to fortune for so many years that it was only a matter of time before he got his comeuppance. If hadn’t been this, it would have been something else.
Nor is this the end of it. There is much, much more in the pipeline. By the time the media has finished, the only thing left of Farage’s reputation will be smoking wreckage – however long it takes. His supporters have been backing the wrong man. They need to be thinking about how to rescue the party before it too crashes and burns.
I note Farage in staggering hypocrisy has been accusing Nikki Sinclaire of being a bitter thwarted ex member of UKIP with a vendetta which is clearly a fantasy face saving effort by Farage.
Farage also claims she acted and named him and his unethical behaviour and abuse of tax payers’ money as an act of cowardice, by acting under Parliamentary Privilege, which is a bit rich when you consider the use of Parliamentary Privilege particularly when he exposed Barrott’s offences.
For the moment I will leave readers to follow up on the facts in the media, including the dishonest denials and lies of Farage!
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