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Hi,

the bottom line is that there was an overwhellming British vote for the UK to Leave_The_EU

I am personally relieved that the British peoples voted for BreXit by such a majority – the majority was akin to the vote to remai9n in the EU all those years ago when the Government so clearly lied to the electorate, well this time despite the Government lies the people chose to Leave-The-EU

In times of National danger when the people seek victory against overwhellming odds perforce we choose strange allies – consider the allies thes United Kingdoms had in World War I & II, so9me were natural allies but some were very alien, some even sided with Britain in liberating Europe, on both occassions for their own ends, consider the deal Britain struck with Russia then and the cost to Britain in the loss of India which was a condition of their allegiance.

That Nikki Sinclaire used much of her own money to mount the petition which delivered the debate in The House of Commons that resulted in the Conservative Government including the promise of a Referendum in their manifesto is conveniently overlooked.

Just as it would seem that the criminal collusion of John Ison with Nigel Farage to try to sabotage the chances of a Referendum and fabricate evidence against Nikki Sinclaire is overlooked!

I find Arron Banks an odious and untrustworth individual with a long list of failures behind him but on this occassion I am glad he was able to access money whether Dark Money, Russian Money or even if it was Columbian Drug Money laundered through Panama matters little to me as we won!

Sometimes unpleasant people do good things!

Arron Banks: ‘Brexit was a war. We won. There’s no turning back now’

Now out of Ukip – the party he bankrolled – Arron Banks is creating a political movement of his own. We met the ‘bad boy of Brexit’ just before article 50 was triggered – and found his ambitions go far beyond leaving Europe
Arron Banks in the boardroom at his office in Bristol last month.
Arron Banks in the boardroom at his office in Bristol last month. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer

It is five days before article 50 is triggered, and I’m sitting in the sunshine outside a pub in Islington with the man who bankrolled Brexit. If victory lies with anyone this weekend, it maybe lies with Arron Banks.

Though Nigel Farage is the face of Brexit, Arron Banks is the man who made it possible. He bought Brexit. Or at least paid for it. Until 2014 he was an unknown Bristol businessman. Now he’s the biggest political donor in British political history. The most powerful. He put more money into funding the Leave campaign than anyone else – more than £7m. He donated his office space, his computer equipment, his senior staff. He’s the co-founder of Leave.EU, the so-called “provisional wing” of the Leave campaign, spearheaded by his close confidante Nigel Farage, and he’s now contemplating his next move: taking an axe to the rest of the parliamentary system.

He only began pouring his money into politics in earnest in 2014 with a splashy donation to Ukip but he’s now out of the party and in the throes of creating a new “movement”. In his sights: the seats of more than 100 Remain MPs. Although, he’s not partisan – he’s aiming to dislodge all “bad MPs”. (“Bad MPs” being, as far as I can make out, anyone from Oxford PPE-ists to people he’s had a spat with on Twitter.) He tells me he’s working with Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s former head of strategy, to come up with “a points system that grades them on their awfulness”, and from that he’ll formulate “a target list of the most hated people”.

It will be that defining phenomenon of our age: a grassroots movement funded and built by a multimillionaire. And, potentially, the next political earthquake. Taking us out of Europe was only step one of the big disruption, it turns out. Next up: the party political system, and the destruction of the traditional boundaries between left and right.

And if that sounds like a stretch, well, we’ve been here before. Banks has the money, the drive and, as we’ve latterly come to realise, the connections. He and his business partner, Andy Wigmore, together with Nigel Farage and Raheem Kassam, the editor of Breitbart London, are the self-styled “bad boys of Brexit”. They’re key partners in a transatlantic alliance, the depth and extent of which is only now, slowly, coming into the light. An alliance that has been cultivated for years by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist.

The sun is shining. Douglas Carswell, Ukip’s only MP and Banks’s mortal enemy, had just resigned from the party. Banks intends to stand against him – and beat him; he plays to win – in the next general election. He has just been on the phone with Farage, who he says is cockahoop. Everything is going exactly to plan.

“The needle on public opinion has shifted so far now. And trying to shift it back is as hard as it was for us to shift it the other way. There’s people protesting, all the rest of it. But the fact is, they’re not going to shift public opinion. It has shifted. It is what it is. It’s permanent.”

It’s hard to argue with this theory of permanent revolution. And part of it – a big part, he enjoys telling me – was playing and beating the media at its own game. “As businessmen, we sat down with a clean sheet of paper and said, ‘How do we beat these people?’ And then we figured out how the mainstream media works – how they operate – and we turned it back on them.

“We worked out how to take their outrage, how to take their pain – in your case – and feed it back into the system. You know we spent £12-14m on the campaign? And we calculated what our column inches and TV coverage was worth. It was over £150m .”

All of which makes me wonder: what exactly is the game he’s playing here, now? A month ago I interviewed Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s director of communications, and as a result of what he revealed to me, the Electoral Commission is now investigating whether Leave.EU should have declared the donation of services by a company largely owned by Robert Mercer, the billionaire who bankrolled Trump, and who works closely with Steve Bannon.

Banks’s autobiography, The Bad Boys of Brexit, was written for him in the Jeremy Clarkson style, and the whole aesthetic is Top Gear. A lot of people portray Farage, Banks and Wigmore as the three stooges: Clarkson, James May and “the Hamster” (Richard Hammond), the jolly chumps who more or less accidentally took the country out of Europe. But that’s not my view. They’re smart, and in triangulation with Bannon there has been a huge amount of strategy – and crucially an understanding of technology – behind everything they’ve done. This just feels like the next stage. Ukip was the host body, and now they’re pupating.

Andy Wigmore celebrates with Arron Banks in Westminster on 24 June 2016, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU.
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Andy Wigmore celebrates with Arron Banks in Westminster on 24 June 2016, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. Photograph: Ben Cawthra/Rex/Shutterstock

“Whatevs,” says Banks when I bring up the Electoral Commission. “I don’t give a monkey’s what the Electoral Commission says.”

To be clear, the Electoral Commission rules aren’t guidelines for the tombola at the village fete. He’s talking about UK electoral law. Electoral law that Damian Tambini, director of the media policy project at the LSE, says isn’t fit for purpose. Tambini met with the regulators and other parties and they’ve joined forces this week to call for a parliamentary commission to urgently review it.

Modern online campaigning has fundamentally changed everything, Tambini tells me. “And the existing framework is utterly weak and helpless.” The cost of building databases, money poured into third-party campaigns, offshore spending – these were either largely or totally unregulated. There is no longer any way, with current legislation, of guaranteeing a free and fair election.

Or as Banks puts it: “We were just cleverer than the regulators and the politicians. Of course we were.”

He didn’t break the law, he says. He “pushed the boundary of everything, right to the edge. It was war.” And later: “You’re looking for a smoking gun but there’s a smoking gun on every table! And no one cares. No one cares!”

Banks is a gambler: both calculated and reckless. It’s his choice to do the interview in the pub. His to get stuck into the wine. He likes the thrill of this, the game. And he likes winning more. His main business is insurance, and calculating the odds then beating them is what he does. Brexit: a £7m gamble that was… what? An investment? And if so, into what?

A brave new Brexit world, obviously, but there’s also this new movement he’s airing for the first time. He has policy ideas that are either radical or nuts, possibly both (selling off all government property to create a sovereign wealth fund to bankroll new housing). He’s suggesting things that are genuinely innovative in the turgid world of UK politics: looking to young people; taxing old, wealthy people.

But there’s some other agenda in play, too. And moments into my first question, about Trump, he has segued. “We had no Russian money into Brexit,” he says. “I’ve had two very nice lunches with the Russian ambassador, where Andy and I got completely pissed. And that’s it. Why wouldn’t you? Why wouldn’t I go and have lunch with him? We’d met diplomats and all sorts of different people. Not a single penny of Russian money has been put into Brexit.”

Which would be a perfectly reasonable answer, if he had been asked if Russia had put money into Brexit. But he hadn’t. He asked and answered his own question. I know about his six-hour lunches at the Russian embassy, not least because he makes a point of writing about one of them in The Bad Boys of Brexit. It’s Trump’s links to Russia, I’m asking about, not his, but he brings it immediately around to himself. Or to be more accurate, he makes an equivalency between them. “Come on!” he says when I ask him what he makes of the accusations against Trump. “I’ve got a Russian wife. I got an early taste of it about six years ago when the Daily Mail put her on the front page and called her a Russian spy.”

He’s referring to an incident in 2010 before anyone knew who he was, when his wife, Katya Banks – formerly Ekaterina Paderina – came up in conjunction with a court case involving a suspected Russian spy. “She was on the front page as a Russian spy! I was killing myself. It was very funny.”

What happened was this: a 64-year-old MP for Portsmouth, Mike Hancock, who was on the Commons defence select committee, instigated a four-year affair with another Ekaterina, the striking 24-year-old Ekaterina Zatuliveter, whom he met in St Petersburg and later made his researcher. MI5 believed she was working for Russian intelligence and applied to the Home Office to deport on the grounds of national security. She appealed and her case was brought before the Special Immigration Appeal Commission.

Some of the evidence was held behind closed doors but the judgment is full and detailed, and utterly compelling reading. She had previously had an affair with a senior Nato official and a Dutch diplomat. And MI5 disclosed that they had warned Hancock that he may be being targeted by foreign agents – he had had a string of Russian and eastern European girlfriends.

The judge, Mr Justice Mitting, heard all the evidence, including excerpts from Zatuliveter’s diary, which she had stated in her original evidence that she didn’t have (she produced it on the first day of the trial, saying she had forgotten about it) and ruled in her favour, concluding that she was an “immature” young woman with an understandable crush on an older man. In summary, he wrote: “We cannot exclude the possibility that we have been gulled – but, if we have been, it has been by a supremely competent and rigorously trained operative.”

Banks’s wife, Katya, comes into the story because, according to follow-up reports in several newspapers, she also had links to Hancock before she met and married Banks. Her first husband – in a marriage of just three months– was a retired merchant seaman, Eric Butler. The Home Office suspected it was a marriage of convenience and tried to deport her, at which point she wrote to her local MP, Hancock, for help. Butler told reporters that he had discovered them looking “very cosy” in the conservatory.

I ask Banks: “Did you know about that bit of history before the story came out?”

“I knew that she had been in, lived in Portsmouth and I knew… yeah, I knew broadly the kind of, you know, thing.”

What do you mean?

“Well, broadly the fact that she had written to her local MP and various other things.”

That her ex-husband had said he’d found her and Hancock together?

“Well, you know, that’s the evil of an ex-husband or wife, isn’t it? They’re hardly on your side. As far as I can see, it’s just a pack of Daily Mail lies.”

Are you saying that she hadn’t met Mike Hancock, then?

“The only thing that’s true in the Daily Mail story is that she fluently speaks six languages and she has the profile that would fit a Russian spy. But that’s about it.”

To date, Arron Banks’s strategy with the press has been this: if he doesn’t like what they say, he instructs his lawyers at Mishcon de Reya and threatens to sue. He threatened to sue Matthew Elliott – the director of the official Vote Leave campaign – for calling Leave.EU racist. He threatened to sue a thinktank, American Bridge, which featured him in an article entitled “The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses”. He threatened to sue the Guardian for publishing his business dealings as described in the Panama Papers. He threatened to sue a newspaper that described him as having business interests in Belize. And he threatened to sue a commentator on CNN for making certain statements about him on air.

“They called me a Russian actor! And I’ve got no feelings one way or another other than having a Russian wife. I felt that was just wrong. They said that Brexit was funded by the Russians. That’s a bit rich.”

It’s not rich to ask the question though, is it?

“If you lied and said Russians funded Brexit, I would be pretty annoyed.”

But what if I say, “Arron, the question is are you a Russian actor?”

“I wouldn’t care in the least. They said I was a Russian actor and that Russian money had funded Brexit, and it was wrong. There has to be a point where you draw the line in the sand.”

“I’m not going to say that,” I tell him. “Because it’s impossible to know what the sources of your wealth are. That’s the whole issue.”

“That’s wrong as well because I made a fortune in the insurance industry. I’m taxed in northern Bristol. My money is made in the UK.”

Some of it is. And the rest? Who knows. That’s my beef, not so much with him but our electoral finance rules. He’s free to donate, even though nobody knows quite where the £7m he put into the Leave campaign came from, or the millions he put into Ukip: his financial arrangements include a complex structure of companies based in secretive low-tax jurisdictions. Even Leave.EU was set up by an offshore company. It’s the offshoot of STM Fidecs, which the Observer reported was incorporated in Gibraltar.

In Britain he has his insurance companies, various security and intelligence companies, a new data company. He’s a director of nearly 40 different companies using slightly different variations of his name. He has installed employees as directors of other companies. And then there’s a whole offshore empire. A bank he co-owns on the Isle of Man. A slew of things in Gibraltar. The “defunct shell companies”, as he describes them, in the British Virgin Islands. And diamond mines in South Africa – he owns a whole supply chain of diamonds, from mines to shops.

How many companies do you actually own? He shrugs. “I’ve no idea.”

This is how offshore can work: a web of deliberate secrecy. A web that is now being brought into politics. Not just directly via the money that Banks is pouring in, but indirectly too. The digital marketing of the Vote Leave campaign was offshored too: funnelled through a tiny company on the west coast of Canada.

In America, the restrictions on political funding were dismantled in a 2010 case, bankrolled by Robert Mercer, which an organisation called Citizens United took to the supreme court, opening up the way to Super Pacs – “political action committees” – which have become unlimited donation vehicles. The sums in Britain are tiny in comparison, but you don’t even need to create a system of Pacs: there’s no way of knowing how much money was poured into the Leave campaign before the “regulated period” (the weeks before the campaign when spending is monitored and capped). Banks is setting up a movement not a party, at least initially. Parties are subject to some political financing rules. Movements aren’t.

Why are your companies based in low-tax jurisdictions with no disclosure requirements, I ask Banks.

“Why should I pay more tax?” he answers.

Going up… Gerry Gunster, Arron Banks, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Andy Wigmore and Raheem Kassam at Trump Tower in New York, in November 2016, just before Trump’s election victory.
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Going up… Gerry Gunster, Arron Banks, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Andy Wigmore and Raheem Kassam at Trump Tower in New York, in November 2016, three days after Trump’s election victory. Photograph: Wigmore/Finn/Splash News

Because you’re a citizen of this country? And it pays for schools and hospitals. “I’m an internationalist, OK? If I own diamond mines in South Africa, why would I register a company in the UK?”

It’s one thing to be an internationalist if you’re only a private individual. But he’s not. He’s the man who bankrolled Brexit. But what does it matter? He’s already told me the mainstream media is worthless. That the BBC lies. “What you write is completely valueless because it’s sitting under another bunch of papers almost straightaway.”

More precisely, who needs to sue in the age of #fakenews, anyway? Later he gives me a lift to the station, and Andy Wigmore – they call each other Wiggy and Banksy – is on speakerphone. Wigmore has family links to Belize, and he was that country’s trade envoy to the UK until January, when the foreign office stripped him of his diplomatic status because of his political activity. And Banks lost his status too: he was Belize’s special envoy to Wales. It’s all a terrific joke. “But what?” I say. “You’re telling me you have a diplomatic passport?”

“Yes,” he says. “We both do.” Proud British citizens both.

Then Wiggy pipes up: “Did you know Paul Manafort [Trump’s ex-campaign manager] is accused of laundering Russian money through Belize?”

Are Banksy and Wiggy trolling me? Using me – a feature writer on a remoaner newspaper – to get this stuff out into the sunlight? But all hopelessly mixed up together? Banks has chucked it all at me: his diplomatic passports and diamond mines, Russians spies, offshore tax havens, circumvention of electoral law. All those individual facts are true, but together it feels like one big confected mess? #Fakenews? Is that what’s going on here? That’s what it feels like.

There is weirdness threaded through this story in all sorts of ways. Talking to Banks, my grasp on normal feels slippery. It’s like the weirdness of reading a Trump tweet. The weirdness of playing what feels like a high-level game of chess with Banks, but in the British style – with banter and jokes. Banks has a good sense of humour. One of the first things he tells me is how much he enjoys it when Marina Hyde, the Guardian’s peerless columnist, rips the piss out of him. I bait him relentlessly and I can tell he’s enjoying that, too.

But the weirdness still cuts through. There’s the moment when I challenge Banks to a toast in my pidgin Russian. “You really don’t speak Russian, do you?” he says after I accidentally throw in some Czech. “Maybe I’m fluent,” he says, although he refuses to say a single word.

The lifebuoy I find myself grasping hold of is a piece in last Sunday’s New York Times by Masha Gessen, the biographer of Putin, who now lives in the US. One should resist “trafficking in exaggeration and unsubstantiated allegations,” she writes. It’s pointless looking for a conspiracy, she says. The unimaginable has already happened. “The unimaginable, happening out in the open day after day, not only continues to dull our defences but also creates a need to see a conspiracy big enough, a secret terrible enough to explain how this can be happening to our own country.”

And here too. Out in the open is the fact that Arron Banks is pro-Putin. “I tell you what I’m pro,” he tells me. “I’m pro Putin being actually for his country. It’s not possible to run that entire country as a pure democracy. It’s not possible. The whole history of Russia is that there has to be someone strong in control or it breaks up.”

Out in the open is that he’s just said that democracy isn’t necessarily the answer. Out in the open is that Nigel Farage has voted multiple times in alignment with Russian interests in the European parliament. Out in the open is that Banks defends Putin’s invasion of both Crimea and eastern Ukraine. “It’s 85% ethnic Russian,” he says.

You don’t need to look at the inputs. Just look at the outputs. There’s no need to go looking for a conspiracy. What’s right here, in plain sight, is troubling enough. Andrew Foxall, the director of the Russian Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, tells me that is the point he is always making. “Join the dots that are in full view. There’s a tendency right now to see Russian agency in everything, given the heightened awareness. To think Russia must be in play.

“There are commonalities that are there anyway. It just so happens Russia overlaps with the alt-right, as they call it in the US, and the far right in Europe, and Ukip in Britain. Farage has been part of a pan-European, pro-Russian network in the European parliament. And Russia helps to facilitate and amplify those discourses.

“The Russian state uses different tactics in different countries, and sometimes it doesn’t need to do much at all. Farage was one of the first Ukip politicians to embrace RT [Russia’s state broadcaster, formerly Russia Today, which has a channel in the UK] in 2007-2008.”

It was one thing for people to be pro-Russia before 2014, Foxall says, but post Crimea, the MH17 missile that brought down the plane in Ukraine, the war crimes in Aleppo, “the Kremlin’s tactics are clear. And to be a willing participant in that is… profoundly disturbing.”

Out in the open is Russia’s strategy of stoking and encouraging far-right movements in Europe. Ben Nimmo, a defence analyst with the Atlantic Council, points out that the Russian military doctrine published in 2014 lays out the characteristics of modern warfare as the combined use of military and non-military means: “Economic, diplomatic and informational. And the use of protest potential of the local population.” Nimmo studies disinformation and says that the far right and Russia are linked together in a single network.

“So after the Berlin attack, Paul Joseph Watson [a British far-right activist with a huge following on social media] was one of the first who jumped in with a slew of tweets blaming Islam. And that was picking up an RT news report. There’s this huge confluence between Russia and the far right. It’s the opposition to western liberalism that unites them. From the Kremlin’s point of view it’s because they hate democracy and transparency, but it also entails hating gay marriage and wanting to ban the Qur’an and being pro-Christianity and whites.”

Also out in the open, framed by a golden door, is the closeness of the transatlantic alliance. Farage, Wigmore and Banks may sound and behave like Clarkson, May and the Hamster but, ideologically, they’re the shadow players of Trump, Bannon and Mercer.

It was data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica that led me to understanding Robert Mercer’s role in all this; in the great disruption of the political landscape on two continents; his strategic and coordinated attack on the mainstream media and its replacement with an alternative online network. But it’s Steve Bannon who forged these links across the Atlantic.

Bannon was the one who set out in 2012 to find European versions of the tea party movement and he has cultivated a close relationship with Farage and Ukip ever since. With Robert Mercer’s billions, he’s supported them first via Breitbart and latterly during the referendum campaign. He directed Mercer’s Cambridge Analytica to lend its assistance too. On the day article 50 was triggered this week, Nigel Farage raised his pint glass to toast “Well done Bannon,” he said. “Well done, Breitbart. You helped with this hugely.”

Out in the open is this, Banks’s statement to me: “What you’re talking about is the degree to which the Russians actually – let’s say they influenced the Brexit vote. Say I’m pro-Putin. Nigel said he’s not anti-Putin, if that’s the right word. But all we’ve said is that there are elements of what Russians do that we don’t disagree with. We don’t agree with everything they’re doing, like murdering journalists in the street.”

I interrupt him. You’re saying, on the record, that you don’t agree with murdering journalists on the street?

“I’ll only say it once,” he says.

We both laugh. Though possibly only one of us has a slightly high-pitched edge to our voice.

Dismiss, distract, dismay. This, Nimmo tells me, is the classic Russian disinformation strategy. You launder information like you launder money. You pass it through a set of different bodies. You send it from one shell company/mouthpiece to another. You confuse its origins. You chuck in a distraction. You create outrage.

Nigel Farage and then Ukip party chairman Steve Crowther with their new donor, Arron Banks, in Bristol, 2014.
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Nigel Farage and then Ukip party chairman Steve Crowther with their new donor, Arron Banks, in Bristol, 2014. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

And in this context, I wonder if that’s me. Have I been groomed as the vector? The agent of disinformation. The vessel through which their scrambled, encrypted, confusing message is passing. Maybe this is simply a description of all journalists in all interview situations. It’s just usually some celeb trying to flog their memoir.

What is Banks flogging? Andrew Breitbart, the founder and informing spirit of Breitbart, believed politics is downstream from culture. First change the culture, then the politics will follow. Take the existing culture and subtly distort it. Banks has launched a new politics site, Westmonster, and in his sights is the Westminster elite and the metropolitan elite. He levels this at me. I point out: “You’re the privately educated multimillionaire who’s sitting here drinking white wine in Islington.”

The shame, I think, is that he could have been a leftie. There is a strong streak of social justice that runs through him. Or social something. Chippiness is part of it. But that’s no bad thing. But he’s not a leftie. And in the US, the permanent revolution is well under way. Steve Bannon is masterminding a silent coup: the institutions of government are being systematically dismantled. The relation of citizens to the state is being re-engineered. Trump, the businessman, is redefining them as consumers. Last week the US senate approved the right of telecoms companies to sell their customers’ browsing history – a huge step forward in renegotiating the relationship between individuals and their rights from that of democratic participants to end users. This is government as platform monopoly. Government as modelled on Google and Facebook. And what’s coming is platform democracy, where the company/government retains the right to change the user agreement at any time. And it’s data – the intimate information of you, your personal life, your history, your relationships, your dreams and desires, your thoughts – that’s the source of their power, legitimacy, capital. Harvested, captured, sold, fed into the panopticon: total surveillance, total control, total power.

I’ve started to think that Brexit isn’t our Trump moment. That’s what’s coming next – 2016 will be nothing next to the general election of 2020, our year of reckoning.

Before I meet Banks, I watch him talking on stage at a trade show called “Master Investor”. I learned of it because I had liked Leave.EU’s Facebook page and I’m now in their million-strong database. This isn’t just a million people, to be clear. It’s the entire social networks of a million people. I had received an email inviting me to the event, hosted by Banks’s great friend, Jim Mellon.

Mellon is another businessman who donated to Leave.EU. He made millions in the early 90s in Russia in uranium mining, investing $100,000 in a company that was worth $2.5bn two years later. He doesn’t live in Britain though. The man who introduced Banks to Farage, who brought the Brexit team together, wasn’t actually eligible to vote in the referendum. He lives in Ibiza and the Isle of Man. Article 50 as brought to you by true patriots, foreign donors, multimillionaires, Belizean passport holders and tax exiles.

I ask Banks about the email I got, advertising the event. The insurance offers he’s sending to Leave.EU subscribers. The use of his political database for commercial purposes

“Jim Mellon is my friend,” he says. “Why shouldn’t I? It’s my data.”

Well, no, it’s not. It’s my data. Your data. It’s what’s at the heart of all this. Steve Bannon knows this, and Robert Mercer knows this, and Arron Banks knows this. His day job, one of them – insurance – is all about data. “We know everything about everyone,” he says. “We buy everything.”

The battle for data is where the next general election will be fought. Politics is war, says Steve Bannon. And Banks is already out of the trenches.

Politics is war. Politics is business. Business is politics. There are no walls between them any more. Silos, as they call it in the tech world. There are no silos. It’s all one, now – enmeshed, intertwined, inseparable.

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Arron (sometimes Aron) Fraser Andrew BANKS – something of a roundup to 28-Feb-2017 CLICK HERE

I trust this catalogue of information and comment about the questionable behaviour of Arron Banks helps you to draw your own conclusions!

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Greg_L-W.

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with the defection to being an Independent MP it can clearly be shown that Ukip has lost its most valuable asset as it now has no voice at Westminster!

Further – can you think of a single solitary individual of stature or credibility, competence or integrity – they not only lack a leader of any credible standing, Paul Nuttall having been shown to be a liar, a fantasist who is both integrity and charisma bereft and like his predecessor Nigel Farage Paul Nuttall has yet again been resoundingly rejected for a role in Domestic Politics!

The manner in which Douglas Carswell joined the party was, as I explained at the time CLICK HERE, a very questionable process! It was widely believed at the time of Carswell’s defection from the Tories that the defection had much more to do with a temper tantrum, having failed, despite seeing himself to be very important, to be allocated a room in the main hotel, for the Tory conference.

Being cast into the wilderness of a mere annex was thought to be the reason he organised a rapid dinner date with Stuart Wheeler the professional gambler who made his money spread betting and subsequently lost much of it due to commercial ineptitude and poor investments, you will recall that at the time Wheeler was another defector from the Tories and Ukip’s only backer of any note, though he didn’t trust Ukip or its Farage manipulated NEC, with any of his money, insisting that as their backer he must also be in control of their finances as their Financial Director!

It is understood that at the dinner Wheeler offered Carswell the leadership of Ukip, conveniently overlooking the fact that Nigel Farage was leader. Wheeler and Carswell were of course not the only ones who realised that Nigel Farage, although seen as a great asset to the Leave-The-EU cause by his devotees he alienated far more people than he could consider supporters and with the low grade of appointees he permitted around him his leadership of the Leave-The-EU movement and the BreXit cause would do infinitely more harm than good.

Ego won the day and Carswell, who was on the verge of leaving the Tories, having had his ego severely bruised by being bannished to the annex succumbed to Wheeler’s massaging of his ego by promising him the leadership which was in fact not in Wheeler’s gift!

That Carswell has put the spin on his joining that claims he joined Ukip to make the party more electable than with Nigel Farage orchestrating the band is a proof of the value of hindsight:

though it is reasonable to point out that Douglas Carswell did not just add a new string to Farage’s bow but an entirely new instrument – plausibility and electability.

You will note from Douglas Carswell’s statement/appologia that he makes some very valid points but there is more than a hint, in his self justification, that he has jumped before he was pushed and reading the vitriolic comments of Ukip’s now ex backer, who has left the party, Arron Banks and the needless vindictiveness of Nigel Farage, who is no longer leader of Ukip on the domestic front, Carswell was clearly right to leave before it became apparent he was dumped – in the true flavour of democratic behaviour that is well founded in EU style politics, where Ukip has honed its skills of treachery and back stabbing.

Ukip has always been a party of dubious morality and a tendency to fight and squabble like ferrets in a sack!

You will note from the other articles that I have posted from Douglas Carswell’s web site that he has voiced a number of sound concepts put forward in a reasoned and electable manner that is very out of keeping with the self aggrandising and sneering denigration style of most Ukip web sites, I trust you find this insight of the practices of Ukip and its style of some help in your decision making for the future as it becomes ever more obvious that Ukip’s role is now over.

Clearly Ukip has no role in the future BreXit negotiations as it is clear from their efforts and comments to date that they have little or no understanding of tyhe complexities of international law, the WTO, CODEX, WHO, UN, OPEC and the like. Ukip can not even seem to understand, let alone agree, as to whether they seek the votes of the left wing so called socialists, the center left of the hopelessly lost Libdems or the right of center Tory and capatalist supporters of free trade and international competition.

Further: Ukip would seem to be bereft of a funding policy with Nigel Farage in control of the EFDD Group funding the unlikely scenario of a Ukip MEP putting his hand in his pocket for the benefit of the party and no clear backer of stature it would seem t6hey are likely to be forced to return to the ‘caroussel’ methodology as they lurch along, as they did prior to Stuart Wheeler’s intervention and Arron Banks’ control.

At this moment I see little hope for Ukip, which is on the verge of insolvency, if not bankruptcy, near leaderless, in any real terms, when you consider the implausibility of Paul Nuttall’s claims and his recent abject failure when presented to the public in a by election on the most winnable occasion in Ukip’s entire history!

Consider Douglas Carswell’s statement and other suggestions and then consider which of Ukip’s MEPs have ever been able to string together as plausible or electable a role particularly since Nikki Sinclaire left the party to set up the petition which forced the debate in the House of Commons that gave rise to the promise of a Referendum in tyhe Tory Manifesto that led to the demise of the LibDems and fractured sqabbling in what was the Labour Party, which is so clearly torn in half and likely to be a political irrelevance organising fatuous anti democratic marches and counter productive demonstrations for at least a decade – particularly if it tries to remain as one party!

Job done – thank UKIP!

It has been an extraordinary achievement. UKIP, my party, which was founded in 1993 in order to get Britain out of the European Union, has now achieved what we were established to do.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister is going to trigger Article 50, beginning the formal process of withdrawing our country from the EU. By April 2019, Britain will no longer be a member of the EU. After twenty-four years, we have done it. Brexit is in good hands.

UKIP might not have managed to win many seats in Parliament, but in a way we are the most successful political party in Britain ever. We have achieved what we were established to do – and in doing so we have changed the course of our country’s history for the better. Make no mistake; we would not be leaving the EU if it was not for UKIP – and for those remarkable people who founded, supported and sustained our party over that period.

Our party has prevailed thanks to the heroic efforts of UKIP party members and supporters. You ensured we got a referendum. With your street stalls and leafleting, you helped Vote Leave win the referendum. You should all be given medals for what you helped make happen – and face the future with optimism.

Like many of you, I switched to UKIP because I desperately wanted us to leave the EU. Now we can be certain that that is going to happen, I have decided that I will be leaving UKIP.

I will not be switching parties, nor crossing the floor to the Conservatives, so do not need to call a by election, as I did when switching from the Conservatives to UKIP. I will simply be the Member of Parliament for Clacton, sitting as an independent.

I will leave UKIP amicably, cheerfully and in the knowledge that we won.

At the hundreds of meetings and action days I have attended as a UKIP activist across the country since I joined in August 2014, I have met some truly remarkable people. You are heroes! Thank you and well done. I wish you all well.

When first elected to represent Clacton in 2005, I promised to do all I could to help ensure that Britain left the EU. To the consternation of my then party whips (some of who, I’m delighted to see, are now ministers helping make Brexit happen), I made my intentions on that front plain in my maiden speech. Job done.

I will be putting all of my effort into tackling some of the local problems affecting the NHS in our part of Essex, including GP shortages and the threat to our local Minor Injuries Unit. In that spirit, I called a Westminster Hall debate last week about the future of primary care in our part of Essex. Local comes first.

Cheer up! The days when small elites can try to arrange human social and economic affairs by grand design are coming to an end. Change is coming – Brexit is just the beginning.

24 MAR 2017
Secrecy in family courts must stop
New research on the family courts documents that, despite transparency guidance, only a tiny minority of proceedings are published. That’s deeply concerning – because secrecy promotes injustice.
Sadly, children do sometimes need to be taken into care. Most of the time, I’m sure, family courts make the right call.
However, some families are broken up unnecessarily. In 2008, Camilla Cavendish wrote a number of articles for The Times, documenting serious mistakes by social services. In several cases, expert witnesses gave testimony without ever having met the families involved.
The problem is that we don’t know how widespread these errors are, because the courts sit in secret. Adoption order proceedings are closed to the public and the press, and rarely published. Moreover, the identities of expert witnesses are protected. Secrecy allows injustice to be covered up.
It has long been recognised – by both ministers and judges – that more transparency is required. Yet efforts to increase it have fallen short.
Sir James Munby’s transparency guidance, for example, left the decision as to whether to publish to judges’ discretion. The new research by academics at Cardiff University reveals that very few judges have opted to do so – as a paper published by the UKIP PRU predicted.
The system needs much bolder reform. In our paper, we called for the publication of judgments to be mandatory, greater media access to both proceedings and case documents, and expert witnesses to be identified.
We also advocated greater use of Special Guardianship Orders, so that, if children do have to be taken from their families, they are placed at least temporarily with grandparents or other relatives, rather than total strangers.
Transparency helps ensure justice. It shouldn’t be resisted.
22 MAR 2017

Monetary policy is hurting productivity

 

Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, has admitted that ultra-loose monetary policy is a drag on productivity. So why won’t the Bank change course?

Productivity is the key to prosperity. Increased wealth comes from producing more using less effort, time, and resources. If productivity stagnates – as it has in the UK – prosperity will follow suit.

One of the drivers of low productivity growth is cheap credit. Inefficient companies that would otherwise have failed, and replaced by better competitors, have been sustained by artificially low borrowing costs.

Haldane’s case for record-low interest rates is that they prevented mass unemployment. Perpetuating zombie companies was worth it, he claims, to safeguard jobs.

That argument had some force in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis. Less so nearly a decade later. Keeping interest rates at record lows indefinitely means making low productivity growth the norm, while at the same time creating the conditions for another job-destroying financial crisis.

Cheap money is not the only reason for poor productivity. Another, which Haldane neglected to mention, is corporate welfare. Tax credits incentivise employers to use cheap (often imported) labour, rather than invest in new technology – as UKIP’s Economy Spokesman, Mark Reckless, explains in a recent paper.

But the economic effects of artificially manipulating the price of capital shouldn’t be underestimated. Experience has shown that official price controls create either gluts or shortages. Market prices always allocate resources better.

Capital is no different. Lower productivity is one of many dangerous imbalances caused by ultra-loose monetary policy. They need to be corrected, not excused.

21 MAR 2017

Give voters the right to sack MPs

 

Like so much of what the House of Commons does these days, yesterday’s debate on MPs double-jobbing was mostly virtue signalling. That’s because MPs don’t like the real solution: recall elections.

In the United States, representatives can be recalled by their electorate. If enough local people sign a petition, they trigger a by-election. Voters then decide whether or not to renew their representative’s mandate at the ballot box.

We could have had the same system here. In 2014, a Recall of MPs Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech.

But the title was misleading. Under the final legislation, voters can only trigger a by-election if a committee of grandees – or a court of law – has first found an MP guilty of wrongdoing. Rather than put voters in charge, the Bill let MPs act as a self-serving cartel.

Indeed, the government made sure Zac Goldsmith’s amendments to the Bill – which would have led to a real right of recall – were rejected.

Now we see why. Would the former Chancellor would have taken on so many roles outside Parliament if a recall election in Tatton were a possibility?

The debate about MPs taking jobs outside Westminster in any case misses the point. The most common form of double-jobbing is the appointment of MPs as ministers. Voters should have a say on that too.

Until a century ago, they did. Prior to the Re-Election of Ministers Acts (1919 & 1926), MPs had to face ministerial by-elections to join the Cabinet. They could only become ministers with their constituents’ consent.

Consent wasn’t always given. Between 1895 and 1926, there were 127 ministerial by-elections. On eight occasions, the ministers-designate lost.

The way to keep MPs in check isn’t to empower a toothless regulator. It’s to let their constituents hold them to account.

20 MAR 2017

Politicians and press have become indistinguishable

 

George Osborne’s appointment as Evening Standard editor says a lot about the state of the press. It ought to be perverse for a politician to be a journalist. But, when many so-called journalists do little more than push a political agenda, what’s the difference?

The idea of journalists as brave, independent scrutineers of politics may be appealing, but it’s not accurate. The relationship between the Fourth Estate and the political class is actually far too cosy.

Because politicians trade access for positive coverage, many journalists end up going native. Instead of exposing the governing elite, they act as its cheerleaders.

“That’s nothing new,” you might think. “Newspapers have always had a clear bias.”

Of course, there has always been an editorial point of view. The difference now is that there is little but opinion. Subjective analysis now masquerades as news.

During the referendum campaign, for example, it was striking how both print and broadcast media reported George Osborne’s Project Fear narrative as objective fact. No matter that none of it has turned out to be true.

Pundits frequently make out that established media are losing market share because consumers are now more interested in fake news than truth. The people, we’re told, are at fault.

The reality is the opposite. People are losing faith in established media because they see through the false pretence to objectivity. There’s a market for truth which the press is failing to deliver. Rather than cater to the public, pundits have joined the oligarchy.

Osborne will no doubt use his perch at the Standard to push the same spin he did as Chancellor. Far from being unqualified, he’s taking up an all too familiar role. That’s the problem.

17 MAR 2017

The Bank of England should follow the Fed’s lead

 

Ultra-loose monetary policy is one of the biggest risks to the global economy. Belatedly, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates this week. The Bank of England should follow suit.

There is no justification for record low interest rates. They were supposed to be temporary measure, in the wake of the financial crisis. Instead, they have become permanent. Indeed, the Bank cut them even further last August.

The consequences of artificially cheap credit are disastrous. It encourages consumers to borrow too much, banks to take excessive risks, and companies to buy back shares rather than invest in improving productivity.

Moreover, it transfers wealth from the asset poor to the asset rich. It is stoking a housing bubble that is preventing a generation from buying their own homes. 

Central banks are reluctant to raise interests because they fear the only thing keeping the global economy afloat is consumer borrowing and spending. Yet they must know that is an unsustainable model.

Eventually, borrowers will default, and contagion will spread to the entire system – just as it did a decade ago. Compounding the problem with more debt will only make the ultimate correction all the more painful. (For more on this, see my paper After Osbrown.)

Yesterday, Kristin Forbes, one of the nine members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, dissented from the majority decision to leave rates unchanged, and voted to raise them. Let’s hope she persuades the rest of her colleagues next month.

16 MAR 2017

Forcing U-turns is Parliament’s job

 

Pundits see the government’s decision to scrap its planned rise in NI contributions for the self-employed as the Chancellor’s failure. Perhaps it should just be seen as Parliament doing its job.

Politicos have become so used to budgets being nodded through by MPs that they have come to believe Parliament is supposed to work like this. But it’s not.

Prior to the 1930s, backbench MPs could table amendments to the budget resolutions. The national government changed the rules to prevent it. Since then, Parliament has tended just to rubber stamp hundreds of billions of pounds’ worth of spending and taxation.

Yet opposition from MPs has now forced a volte face on the centrepiece of the budget after only a week. Perhaps Parliament isn’t quite so powerless after all.

It will be interesting to see how the Chancellor now replaces the ditched measures.

In autumn 2015, George Osborne backtracked over tax-credit reductions without replacing them with alternative cuts. Instead, he conjured up an extra £27 billion from nowhere – based on conveniently revised borrowing projections. In effect, he simply borrowed more money.

By contrast, Hammond has hinted at a broader rethink of the treatment of the self-employed in the tax system – so as to achieve the same ends by different means. That suggests self-employed people shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Alternative tax rises may be coming in the autumn.

That’s the wrong approach. Rather than tax – or borrow – more, government needs to spend less.

Parliament has demonstrated that cross-party opposition can block tax rises. Now we need cross-party support for spending cuts.

15 MAR 2017

We need a Bloggers Freedom Bill

 

Five years ago, I crowdsourced a Private Members’ Bill on Guido Fawkes. From five options, the people picked a Bill to repeal the European Communities Act. How prescient they were. Now I’d like to revive another of my suggestions: a Bloggers Freedom Bill.

Britain’s libel laws are out of date. They were developed at a time when very few people published anything. Those who did were affiliated to large organisations with the financial resources to defend themselves in court.

Yet they are now applied in a world where millions of individuals – without financial backing – publish constantly, both online and on social media.

The law needs to be updated for the digital age.

People do need protection from libel, and their intellectual property should be safeguarded. But, at the same time, those posting on social media should have some security against being sued.

The Bloggers Freedom Bill I suggested would be a compromise. It would give bloggers and tweeters a 48-hour period of grace – to remove content – before legal action could be taken.

The status quo skews the law in the interests of big media, rich claimants, and lawyers. It restricts the democratisation of media made possible by the digital revolution.

Let’s make libel law reflect today’s reality – and the public interest.

14 MAR 2017

WTO terms are an asset – not a foe

 

The UK should be able to strike a free-trade agreement with the EU. It is in our mutual interests to do so. However, if we cannot reach a good deal, the World Trade Organisation helps us ensure workable terms of trade even if we walk away.

Some MPs seem to think that trading under WTO terms is tantamount to isolation or protectionism. It appears to escape their notice that the precise purpose of the WTO is to facilitate trade.

Under the most-favoured-nation principle, the EU would not be able to discriminate against UK goods with extortionate tariffs even if it wanted to.

As to non-tariff barriers, remember all British companies already comply with single-market regulations and standards by default – unlike those of any other country that trades with the EU on WTO terms.

Imports, meanwhile, would be entirely at our discretion. We could not only set tariffs as low as we want, but also unilaterally allow any product manufactured to EU standards to be sold here – thereby keeping the compliance costs passed on to UK consumers as low as possible.

Those MPs who claim any deal with the EU is better than no deal are being disingenuous about what a bad deal would mean.

An agreement that failed to restore our sovereignty, or our control over our borders and fishing waters, or our freedom to determine our own regulatory environment, or our ability to sign free-trade deals with other – growing – economies beyond Europe is an agreement we cannot accept. Acquiescence would be not only counter to our economic interest, but anti-democratic.

Those who want the government to rule out trading with the EU on WTO terms are, in effect, attempting to rule out Brexit. They are seeking to give the EU sole discretion over our terms of exit – which would mean never leaving.

But Brexit is happening. Parliament has – finally – voted for it. There is every reason to believe we will sign mutually beneficial trading deal with the EU. Yet, whatever the outcome of negotiations, we must all now adapt to a new reality.

13 MAR 2017

Brexit begins

 

264 days since the referendum, Article 50 could be triggered this week. Finally, Brexit is becoming a reality.

Assuming the House of Commons votes down the Lords’ amendments to the Article 50 Bill today, the Lords will be unlikely to obstruct the Bill again. The PM could then trigger Article 50 as soon as tomorrow morning.

Of course, there will be other big Parliamentary votes on the Brexit process – both on the final deal and on the Great Repeal Bill.

But the nature of the debate will now change. There will be no going back.

Ideally, from now on, Parliament would play a constructive – rather than obstructive – role. We can now have substantive discussions about vast areas of policy that were delegated to the EU.

Taking back control shouldn’t be thought of as the end of the process, but the beginning. Power should be spread outwards and downwards: not just from Brussels to Westminster, but from Westminster to local communities, and ultimately to individuals.

But, as the budget debate testifies, the instincts of both the government and the opposition are fundamentally statist. There is a gap in the political marketplace for a localist, classically liberal domestic agenda.

I set out some ideas for what that agenda could look like in my new book, Rebel – published April 6th. No time to lose.

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Hi,

it just shows the damage done to Ukip – not just by the lies of Paul Nuttall, their present totally discredited Leader, but by the incompetent, profligate and low grade leadership it has had for many years. A leadership based on a Marmite personality cult led by a man who fell out with and drove away so many men and women of competence, skill and culture and surrounded himself with low grade dross and self serving ne’re do wells who were too incompetent or too stupid to challenge him!

FARAGE, Nigel 94 ORCHESTRATING A DEFECTION 01Now that the days of the One Man Band are over the party is near total collapse with squabbling and back stabbing at every level and absolutely no one of any caliber or competence to lead it forward.

There is good reason and sound evidence that now that we have won the Referendum which Nikki Sinclaire so clearly gained for us, BreXit is now inevitable.

Ukip has no role to play and no future – Even Arron Banks’ political cartoon strip Westmonster has made this clear.

UKIP raises hardly any money, badly needs help

Party’s finances tanking.

by Westmonster
March 2, 2017

The latest financial figures for Britain’s political parties are  out and UKIP has raised less even than the Green Party.

UKIP raised just £33,000 in comparison to £30k for the Women’s Equality Party, £46k for the Greens and the Liberal Democrats who raised £2 million in the same period.

This is going on at the same time as MP Douglas Carswell refuses to have over hundreds of thousands of pounds to UKIP that the party is entitled to via short money.

Whilst it is amazing that the party has remained steady on the polls with such little money, it badly needs to sort the finances out.

Westmonster and Leave.EU’s Arron Banks recently offered himself up as Chairman for the party on the back of a track record of raising £11 million in 18 months for the Brexit movement.

If UKIP is serious about bringing in big donors and sorting the finances out with someone connected to the big players, they should take him up on the offer.

Hard to see how a skint party can be an effective opposition.

To view the original of this article See: Westmonster – Arron Banks’ newsline!

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it seems utterly ridiculous to me to believe that Nigel Farage might not want to feature in the establishment’s honours list for at least a Knighthood but much more valuably for him as a Peer with access to one of the best Gentlemen’s clubs in Europe if not the world – a club that would give him not only perceived stature but also a platform to perform.

To pretend this dapper little performer who would cross continents to be filmed either in the company of someone or to have a platform for his performances sees himself as a part of the establishment, with his minor public school background, one hesitates to say education as he did not obtain any qualifications to my knowledge, to claim he is anti-establishment is risible.

This is a man who cajoled a friend to open the way for him to buy himself the nowadays meaningless title of ‘Freeman of The City of London’.

This is a man who colluded with John Ison who set-up Nikki Sinclaire with lies and false evidence to steal her achievement as the individual from whom he stole the rightfull title of earning BreXit. Whilst Nigel Farage was actively campaigning against the petition Nikki Sinclaire and her team worked so hard to build. It is little wonder Stoke was called BreXit central as it was in Stoke that Nikki Sinclaire launched her campaign and to which her petition team returned most regularly.

sinclaire-nikki-13-petition-vanWith mobile office and her ad-vans

advan-petition-02A team which contra John Ison’s lies, for which he was censured in court but has as yet not been prosecuted, and Ukip’s propoganda she was shown in Court to have funded from her own income CLICK HERE

That Nikki Sinclaire obtained the 250,000 paper signatures that were delivered to Downing Street

downing-st-08-09-11-05-getty-imageis undeniable and as a direct result of her work, work which Nigel Farage actively set out to sabotage, the very petition which obtained the House of Commons debate in which David Cameron’s coalition experienced its greatest rebellion – the vote which led to the Tory commitment to hold an unequivocal In / Out Referendum – the very Referendum Nigel Farage refused to back.

It is perfectly reasonable to believe, based upon the facts, that without the efforts of Nikki Sinclaire and the team she put together and largely funded there would have been no petition, no debate, no referendum and hence no BreXit & Teresa May would never have become Prime Minister!

Of course Nigel Farage sees himself as an establishment figure as he dresses and acts his way through life as a Tory clone of the Hurray Henries of the City – to pretend, after all his efforts to stuff his overseas tax haven bank accounts such as his Isle of Man account into which he very early on deposited £1/4 Million to launch it and his profligate life style surely only the media and the very gullible are fooled into believing he is anti establishment and would not grasp any kind of preferment on the establishment ladder with open arms.

‘Anti-establishment’ Nigel Farage squirms as he’s asked 6 TIMES about wanting a knighthood

The ex-Ukip leader was put under the spotlight by the BBC in a toe-curling exchange on live radio as his party descends into civil war

The ex-Ukip leader was put under the spotlight by the BBC in a toe-curling exchange on live radio as his party descends into a new civil war.

Mr Farage has launched a brutal vendetta against Ukip’s only MP Douglas Carswell, saying he tried to “sabotage” him and is really a Tory.

But interviewer John Humphrys thought there just might be a link to reports Mr Carswell was against the pint-swigging right-winger getting a knighthood.

As the Radio 4 Today presenter grilled Mr Farage he initially ducked the question, turning his fire back on Mr Carswell.

Scroll down for the full transcript

Nigel Farage was questioned about his desire for a knighthood again and again (Photo: Getty)

Eventually he said he didn’t “particularly” want a knighthood – but then added tantalisingly: “If something came along I might accept it.”

Mr Farage gave a similar response yesterday, when he ignored a question about whether he was so anti-establishment he wouldn’t take a gong.

Ex-Tory Mr Carswell today denied reports he has secretly met Conservative MPs in a bid to defect back to the party.

Mr Farage fumed: “He will do anything he can to damage leading figures in Ukip. He’s working for the Conservatives, it’s plain for all to see.”

Former Farage aide Michael Heaver compared Mr Carswell to a Soviet spy.

“Forget U-K-I-P, it was more KGB,” he told the BBC. “This is not conspiracy. This is fact.”

United Kingdom Independence Party MP Douglas Carswell
Douglas Carswell has been compared by enemies to a KGB spy… (Photo: Reuters)

Making the row even more absurd, Ukip donor Arron Banks is now planning to run against only MP Mr Carswell at the next election.

Millionaire Banks’ spokesman said the knighthood row was the “final straw”.

Ukip had formally demanded a knighthood for Mr Farage in January claiming he was a “figure of international significance”.

Ukip's biggest donor Arron Banks
… and donor Arron Banks is planning to stand against him at the next election (Photo: PA)

But in an e-mail leaked to the Telegraph Mr Carswell – who was responsible for pushing the bid for a knighthood in Westminster – suggested Mr Farage could be handed an OBE “for services to headline-writing”.

That suggested Mr Carswell did not want Mr Farage, who he has fought in the past, to be knighted.

The MP denied this, saying: “I made every effort to make sure Ukip got its fair share of peerages and honours.”

But he did tweet “knight night” as the story broke.

That toe-curling exchange in full

FARAGE: The time has now come to have a clean break to make sure we don’t have influences like [Douglas] Carswell.

BBC INTERVIEWER: This isn’t because you rather dislike him because he stopped you getting a knighthood? It’s not sour grapes is it?

I dislike him because he damaged me, Ukip and the Leave campaign…

Stopped you getting a knighthood?

…no, back in December 2015. And I said then to the party’s ruling body we’ve got to get rid of this guy, they didn’t listen to me, he did his best, all through the referendum, to undermine me. He wasn’t able to do so, I’m pleased to say. Paul Nuttall needs to be given a clear run at this.

And it’s got nothing to do with your knighthood at all then?

No I’ve been campaigning to get rid of him for a very long time.

But it’s got nothing to do with your knighthood, is the question?

Well, no, erm, whether I would have ever got one or not I have no idea, but the point, the point is, is he will do anything he can to damage leading figures in Ukip. He’s working for the Conservatives, it’s plain for all to see.

What about you, would you like a knighthood?

Er, I’d like to see Britain leave the European Union.

Would you like a knighthood?

Not particularly.

Oh! Well that solves it then in that case, you don’t want one, they won’t offer one. What about a peerage then?

Nope, wouldn’t want one at all.

So you don’t want anything?

I would not want a peerage. If something else came along I might accept it.

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Farage’s erxpenses relative to use of assistants between 01-Jan-2014 > 31-Dec-2015 were accepted based on the information provided – surprisingly the letter concerned took until 16-Nov-2016 to be delivered!

letter-to-farage-on-expenses-01Subsequently a large tranche of Ukip, their various groups in the EU and puppet groups like that set up by Godfrey Bloom and managed by Ukip employee Aurelie Laloux and laterly by Nigel Farage’s doxy Laure Ferrari have been under investigation.

Perhaps, on the narrow perameters and with the caveat provided in the letter, the period specified is the first/only period cleared sofar!

Time will tell and the EU is grossly inefficient on such matters – consider how long it took between his criminal activity and the Ukip MEP Tom Wise being sentenced to prison, or the allegations and depositions regarding Ukip MEP Tim Aker’s various rapes coming to Court Police, OLAF & The CPS seem to go into sleep mode in collusion with Ukip

The situation is particularly curious when you consider the assistance provided by the police and CPS to try to frame Nikki Sinclaire and minded they spent an estimated £1.5M trying to assist John Ison, in collusion with Nigel Farage to fabricate evidence against Sinclaire, and their failure to prosecute either John Ison or Farage relative to the proven efforts to pervert the course of justice, particularly when Nikki Sinclaire was totally exhonorated of the lies fabricated against her!

So let us wait and hope that eventually justice is done and seen to be done relative to Ukip’s expenses. Do not forget that they have been shown already to be guilty of a number of abuses of expenses and both censured and ordered to repay large amounts of money they had missclaimed and missused – offences akin to that of Derek Clarke & Tom Wise and although Clarke did not go to prison he was in fact ordered to repay more money than Towm Wise had embezzeled!

You will also recall Ukip circulated a letter from the EU when they tried to claim Tom Wise was innocent of the crimes he was sent to prison for two years for!

Time will tell 😉

Well already time is telling:-

Additional material added 10-Feb-2017

After I had posted the article you have just read above I was more than somewhat vindicated in the comments I made as I was sent the following:

OLAF‘s report is due out this week. But former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been trying to get ahead of the news by claiming to the Daily Express that he has been ‘cleared’ of the allegations:

farage-express-claims

Farage is quoted as saying,

The European Parliament has stated that my employment of local assistants is in order and reasonable.

I would politely ask people to correct and not repeat false allegations that I am under investigation because it is not true.

It would be appreciated if people were made aware and acknowledged that I have been given the all clear.

Well, you have to give him full marks for ‘neck’, at least.

The Express is UKIP’s primary cheerleader among the media, so much so that it’s basically a UKIP daily newsletter, but the credibility of Farage’s claim is given away by the fact that even the pro-UKIP rag has to acknowledge that Brussels ‘furiously denies’ Farage’s claim and says emphatically,

..officials [told] Express.co.uk that Mr Farage had been cleared of nothing

As the parliamentary officials elaborated, Farage’s supposed “all clear” is merely a letter from the accounting department relating to an ‘annual accounts exercise’ – as the relevant EU regulations and the Express’ article show, it’s nothing more than

a simple confirmation that the books of the assistants employed by Mr Farage were kept in accordance to the Parliament’s requirements” and had been presented on time.

Not only that, but the letter is dated 16 Nov 2016 – months before the investigation was due to conclude. Here is a facsimile of the letter itself:

farage-letter

And, of course, accounts departments don’t have the authority to exonerate people from an official, legal, fraud investigation.

Mr Farage must be seriously worried about the findings of the investigation and its impact on his reputation if he’s resorting to this kind of transparent bluff.

Technically I guess it would be unreasonable to claim Nigel Farage lied but I do believe it is not unreasonable to state that Nigel Farage deliberately set out with his bluster to deliberately mislead! I also believe had Farage really believed his statement was true he would have been far more his normal bullying and letigious self, which to me is the giveaway that he knew his claim was in fact a lie!

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so Diane James has now qit Ukip giving a totally predictable appologia which has produced howls of rage from Nigel Farage, no doubt as a result of his inevitable loss of  personal income as her Group President.

Funny isn’t it those who no clamour for James to resign her seat and quit as an MEP when no such rants pertained to those who removed themselves, or were removed, from Nigel Farage’s party or his control yet remained as props to his income stream such as Susanne Evans, Steven Woolfe, Godfrey Bloom, Janice Atkinson, Trevor Coleman, and the like – it is only those who leave Farage, or his allie France’s Front National (The Le Pen family party!), who are villified and demands of surrender their seat are made eg. Nikki Sinclaire, Marta Andreasen, Amjad Bashir, David the desk Bannerman and now Diane James!

Nikki Sinclaire was particularly villified as she worked hard, against Nigel Farage’s interestsd, to obtain the BreXit vote as it was she who orchestrated the petition, which Nigel Farage expressly opposed, that gained over 1/4Million signatures which gave rise to the House of Commons debate on Britain’s future relationship witjh the EU and the promise in the Tory manifesto of an IN or OUT EU Referendum which her tireless and well organised efforts ensured would end in a BreXit vote.

Together with the many backbenchers and Labour MPs like Kate Hoey and an army of bloggers led largely by Richard North’s expertise and sound advice ensured a BreXit vote the Leave.EU Nigel Farage campaign was damaging to the cause with its lack of facts, self serving jingo and endless squabbling – not least of which was with the Vote Leave campaigners and their badly led Westminster bubble data mining operation led by the professional parasites Cummings & Elliot who seemed only interested it data mining and follish comments like £350M a week currently spent on EU membership COULD be spent on the NHS – when clearly there would be no short term cash gain when we Leave-The-EU and their sloganising forgot to point out they had awarded themselves £99,000 a year salaries and expenses etc and set up a management company in Hong Kong which fortuitously is beyond the reach of Data Protection laws!

Clearly the BreXit vote owes more to Nikki Sinclaire than any other single individual qand for having the timerity to act in Britain’s interests Nigel Farage colluded with a criminal plant in her offices named John Ison to seek to frame her with false evidence for fraud – a charge that once the Judge in the case officially cautioned John Ison in open court and Nigel Farage was clearly shown to be involved in colluding & plotting with John Ison soon collapsed and Nikki Sinclaire was totally exhonourated from the lies and scheming of John Ison, Nigel Farage and others!

Sadly as yet British Justice is failing us, seemingly due to a corrupt police force and corruption colluding in the CPS, as Ison, Farage and others have not yet been charged and faced prosecution for their criminal efforts to corrupt the course of justice, bearing false witness and conspiring to mislead and corrupt in a manner which so far has cost the British tax payers an estimated £1.1/2 Million. For more details CLICK HERE

Nigel Farage accuses Diane James of ‘irrational selfishness’ after she quits Ukip over ‘difficult’ relationships

Nigel Farage with Diane James Nigel Farage with Diane James Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP or licensors

Nigel Farage has accused former Ukip leader Diane James of an act of “irrational selfishness” and called on her to stand down as an MEP after she quit he party.

Ms James, who was elected an MEP for South-East England in 2014 said her relationship with Ukip had become “increasingly difficult” since she gave up the leadership last month just 18 days after being elected. She has announced that she is quitting Ukip and will stand as an independent MEP.

Mr Farage denounced the decision as “yet another act of irrational selfishness” and said she was no longer fit to sit as an MEP. Ukip leadership candidate Suzanne Evans also urged her to quit the European Parliament.

In a statement, Ms James said that European Parliament President Martin Schulz had agreed to her request immediately to take up independent status.

Explaining her decision, she said: “At a high profile public event in Cambridge last week, I was asked why I had not completed the process to become leader of Ukip. I had little option but to give the truthful response that, although nominated leader by popular vote in the membership, I found that I had no support within the executive and thus no ability to carry forward the policies on which I had campaigned.

“My decision to retire from the election process and not complete it was very difficult personally and professionally, given that Ukip has dominated my life and all my efforts for over five years.

“In recent weeks, my relationship with the party has been increasingly difficult and I feel it is now time to move on. I wish the party well for the future under new leadership.”

Ms James, 56, said she would continue to serve constituents “effectively and diligently” as an independent for the remainder of her five-year term.

But Mr Farage, who returned as interim leader following her decision not to take up the post, said: “This is yet another act of irrational selfishness from Diane James.

“This pattern of behaviour says that is she unfit to continue as an MEP. She should do the honourable thing and resign.”

Her departure means that the 24-strong contingent of Ukip MEPs elected in 2014 has been reduced to 20. Amjad Bashir defected to Conservatives in 2015, while Steven Woolfe and Janice Atkinson now sit as independents.

Ms Evans said that all four – including Ms James – should give up their seats, which they secured due to their position on Ukip party lists under a proportional representation system.

“I am very sorry to hear Diane James has decided to leave Ukip,” said Ms Evans. “I am sure she has her own personal reasons and I do not question those.

“However she, like Steven Woolfe, were both elected as MEPs on a Ukip ticket, not as individuals. If they have any honour or integrity, both should now stand down as MEPs and vacate their seats. I reiterate my call for defectors Amjad Bashir and Janice Atkinson to do the same, for the same reasons.”

Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn said: “Sorry to lose a colleague but glad of my judgment that neither she nor Mr Woolfe were suitable candidates for leader.”

Ukip is currently undergoing its second leadership contest in a matter of months, with Ms Evans, Paul Nuttall and John Rees-Evans competing for votes of party members, with the successor to Mr Farage due to be announced on November 28.

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This was a situation which clearly could have been avoided had Nigel Farage’s party understood and practiced due dilligence and was clearly predictable and in fact inevitable as this article shows CLICK HERE & also HERE and ALSO

However it would seem that Nigel Farage, his Ukip party & Donald Trump do have one thing in common and that is a slip shod approach to due dilligence and integrity not to mention leadership skills, attention span and ethics!

I presume some of the ideas Nigel Farage will give Donald Trump wil include: lie repeatedly until it becomes the truth by repetition in a bone idle media, publish as many hagiographies as you can to establish an entirely false truth and jump on any passing band wagon that will keep your name in the media!

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Looks Like Ukip Has Been Caught Stealing From The Public Purse AGAIN!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 17/11/2016

 
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Looks Like Nigel Farage’s Ukip Has Been Caught Stealing From The Public Purse AGAIN! Once again they drag the name & values of British politics into the gutter with them!

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having watched and studied efforts made, including lies in Court & manipulation of Police by Nigel Farage’s dishonest crew, aiming at framing individuals, with their false testimony and bullying, I do admit that I am unsurprised at this report.

Would that I had the clout the EU has to force them to honour the court ruling and repay the money they owe me and I do believe they owe Nikki Sinclaire 10s if not 100s of £1,000s for their conspiracy to ensnare her in their utterly dishonest efforts as it would seem they managed (so far) with Jasna Badzak.

I guess there is a possibility that what goes around comes around and their own corruption, lies and dishonesty are catching up with them. In fact I hear from OLAF today

#538* - OLAF AGAIN - OF/2009/0487

that they are actually investigating suspect spending of upto £20Million in Ukip under Nigel Farage’s leadership and we still have not seen the outcome of

AGNEW, Stuart 04

Stuart Agnew and

#93* - Consider Just HOW do the Caterpillars Help?

David Bannermann’s embezling as reported by The Times or the laundering of donations by Stuart Agnew and Nigel Farage via

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Lord Pearson’s company!

EU set to ask Ukip group to repay almost £150,000 in ‘misspent funds’

Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe is accused of misspending EU funds on party workers and Farage’s bid to become MP 

Nigel Farage in the European parliament in Strasbourg.
Nigel Farage in the European parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Ukip is likely to be asked to repay tens of thousands of euros by European parliament finance chiefs who have accused the party of misspending EU funds on party workers and Nigel Farage’s failed bid to win a seat in Westminster.

The Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe, a Ukip-dominated political vehicle, will be asked to repay €173,000 (£148,000) in misspent funds and denied a further €501,000 in EU grants for breaking European rules that ban spending EU money on national election campaigns and referendums.

According to a European parliament audit report seen by the Guardian, Ukip spent EU funds on polling and analysis in constituencies where they hoped to win a seat in the 2015 general election, including the South Thanet seat that party leader Farage contested. The party also funded polls to gauge the public mood on leaving the EU, months before the official campaign kicked off in April 2016.

“These services were not in the interest of the European party, which could neither be involved in the national elections nor in the referendum on national level,” concluded the parliament’s finance watchdog.

“The constituencies selected for many of the polls underline that the polling was conducted in the interest of Ukip. Most of the constituencies can be identified as being essential for reaching a significant representation in the House of Commons from the 2015 general election or for a positive result for the leave campaign,” the report continued.

The ADDE also used EU funds for polling ahead of the Scottish and Welsh elections in 2016, the report said.

Summarising, the report stated: “The administration discovered a substantial number of activities for which financing ought to be considered as non-eligible expenditure.”

Ukip rejected allegations it had broken EU rules. “We have abided by the rules at all times,” a party spokesman said. The ADDE has been contacted for comment.

The report suggests the ADDE would go bankrupt without these funds, a further problem for the cash-strapped Eurosceptic group. European parties are only entitled to EU grants if they can prove they have other sources of income, such as membership dues and donations.

If the report is approved by European parliament leaders on Monday, the ADDE will be asked “to propose measures for financial improvement” within a month.

The ADDE is a pan-European political party dominated by Ukip, but includes MEPs from Germany’s hard-right Alternative for Deutschland and one former member of France’s Front National. The pan-European party has a far lower profile than the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy, another Ukip-dominated group that manages the daily business of Farage’s party and his allies in the European parliament. Both have become significant sources of funding for Ukip.

Of the ADDE’s 35 members, 15 are Ukip MEPs, including Farage, as well as the frontrunner to replace him, Paul Nuttall. Steven Woolfe is listed as a member on the ADDE website, although he quit Ukip last month after a public altercation with a fellow MEP that left him in hospital.

The report names three Ukip party workers who were given contracts to run Ukip opinion polls said to be funded by EU money.

The report says Christopher Lowe, better known as Chris Bruni-Lowe, Sam Gould and Daryll Pitcher were found to have done consultancy work for Ukip while being active party workers – a breach of EU rules, according to the report.

Chris Lowe received €87,000 over six months in 2015 from Ukip, while he was the party’s campaign director, according to the report. Sam Gould, Ukip campaign manager for the Welsh elections and a parliamentary candidate, was given €25,000 between June and September 2015. Daryll Pitcher, another Ukip parliamentary candidate, benefitted from contracts worth €21,000 over the same period.

The report does not suggest the three men were aware they could be receiving unauthorised funds. From the work of the three consultants it was “obvious that the principal objective and the core activity of Ukip concerned the EU referendum”. The analysis from the polls “was indisputably useful for Ukip” and “the financing of these polls and the thereto linked activities shall be considered as non-eligible.

“The expenditure related to them is found non-eligible as the consultants were paid for an activity that was predominantly or even purely in the interest of the national party Ukip and therefore are considered as prohibited.”

The report covers 2015, so does not include the period of the EU referendum in June, or the frenzied weeks of campaigning in the spring and summer of this year. The ADDE is still entitled to €820,000 in EU funds for 2015.

The report will be presented to the European parliament’s most senior MEPs at a closed session on Monday night in Strasbourg. The committee, chaired by European parliament president, Martin Schulz, is expected to approve the request for repayment.

The total €500,000 in denied expenses includes €23,000 that will be refused to Belgium’s People’s party, another ADDE member accused of misspending.

Parliamentary auditors are also seeking €34,000 from the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe, a Ukip-affiliated pan-European thinktank. In this case, a Dutch political party is accused of misspending EU funds on a referendum in the Netherlands. Dutch voters rejected closer ties with Ukraine in April, in a vote seen as a victory for Eurosceptics months before the Brexit decision.

The report was drawn up as part of the annual checks on EU party finance. Other pan-European parties were given a clean bill of health earlier this year, but parliamentary authorities opened an investigation into Ukip after independent auditors refused to sign off the accounts.

The EU has been funding pan-European political parties since 2004 in an attempt to boost interest in European parliament elections. Parties are entitled to grants for conferences and European elections, but not national elections or referendums. Consultants are also meant to be independent from the parties they are working for.

Ukip spokesman Gawain Towler rejected the report’s central claim that the party and ADDE group had failed to comply with EU rules. “We have been scrupulously careful and we have abided by the rules at all times.” Asked about the named individuals, he repeated: “We have abided by the rules at all times.”

He questioned the timing of the report, which he said neither Ukip nor the ADDE group had seen. “I do think it seems odd … You received this before we did and [the ADDE] did.”

Joe Jenkins, an ADDE spokesman, accused the European parliament of trying to shut down the pan-European party and said the group would contest the claims in the European court of justice.

“The parliament administration has for months taken an aggressive and hostile attitude over the audit, amounting to nothing short of deliberate harassment,” he said in a statement.

“We have responded to their queries with a mass of information and explanation justifying our activities and expenditure. They have simply ignored our submissions and in several cases these submissions having been made repeatedly on their request.”

“They have broadened the definition of “expenditure supporting a political party” so widely as to deny us the right to undertake any activity which might be remotely interesting to ADDE members.”

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Nigel Farage With His Aid George Cottrell When He Was Arrested In Chicago

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 12/08/2016

Nigel Farage With His Aid George Cottrell When He Was Arrested In Chicago
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Nigel Farage With His Aid George Cottrell When He Was Arrested In Chicago on 21 criminal charges by the FBI!

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when reading this article there will be those who are sufficiently well informed of the antics of UKips leader (owner) in the past. Those who will be aware tjhat Nigel Farage was far from trustworth in the distant past when his Father, Guy Farage, a stock broker (professional gambler) and all too often hopeless drunk, sponsored his son and when Nigel Farage was fired by the French bank for whom he worked for unreliaqble behaviour and habitually returning late and the worse for drink after self indulgent lunches.
Nigel and his brother also worked for a period for American owned Refco in London, that period was curtly curtailed when the directors of Refco were prosecuted for sharp practice and went to prison.
I am unaware as to whether Nigel Farage has as yet settled his large debts accrued whilst working in the City! Though we did note that he set out to avoid British tax by opening a bank account in the Isle of Mann tax haven in the name ‘Farage Educational Trust’ and on one occasion deposited £1/4 Million into the account! Though he suibsequently lied to the media about the account!
‘Strange’ how Nigel Farage is so frequently alongside and deeply involved with criminals yet always manages to avoid arrest! Even on such matters as the debt incurred on his behalf of some £13,500 owed to me when Mark Croucher lost the Court case he brought CLICK HERE & HERE to try to bankrupt me and shut down the steady flow of facts about UKip and the low lifes and scoundrels in their ranks, which I publish on the internet.
Nigel Farage has not even been charged for his vicarious involvement in criminal breeches of the Computer Act and burglary as admitted by John Ison in open Court etc. etc. etc.
When one’s bag carrier is a criminal and your due dilligence has been incompetent you may well find your bags are at risk – one wonders just how embroilled Farage himself is in Cottrell’s criminality and what indiscresions Cottrell may have placed on the record on Farage’s, now confiscated, computer!
It is interesting to note that having flown to America to attend the Republican Congress Nigel Farage failed to meet with Donald Trump which must be rather demeaning for him when you consider the meetings Nikki Sinclaire has had with both Hillary & Bill Clinton when on similar visits. Though to be fair Nikki Sinclaire does have both the experience and the skills to have been an asset and worked on various US election campaigns!
Here again is Nigel Farage alongside a member of his own staff when they were arrested:

Farage aide held in US over money laundering claims: Son of glamour model who once dated Prince Charles facing years in jail after ‘offering his services on the dark web’  

  • George Cottrell was arrested and led away at Chicago’s O’Hare airport 
  • Cottrell was getting off a flight with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage
  • In custody awaiting trial on 21 charges including attempted extortion

One of Nigel Farage’s closest aides faces years in a US jail after allegedly being caught in an FBI sting.

George Cottrell was arrested and led away in handcuffs as he and the former Ukip leader got off a flight in Chicago.

Cottrell, who runs Mr Farage’s private office, is in custody awaiting trial on 21 charges including attempted extortion, money laundering and fraud. 

Facing jail: George Cottrell was arrested by the FBI after allegedly offering to launder drugs money 

Facing jail: George Cottrell was arrested by the FBI after allegedly offering to launder drugs money 

The 22-year-old, whose former glamour model mother once dated Prince Charles, is accused of offering to launder money for drug traffickers after advertising his services on the ‘dark web’ – websites that offer privacy because they cannot be traced and need special software to access, some of which are frequented by paedophiles, criminals, hackers and terrorists.

But the ‘drug traffickers’ he is alleged to have dealt with were undercover FBI agents.

Cottrell, grandson of late Yorkshire landowner Lord Manton, was arrested last month as he and Mr Farage were returning from a series of engagements at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

A trusted member of Mr Farage’s inner circle, Cottrell had just agreed to take on a permanent role organising the Ukip MEP’s diary and dealing with media inquiries.

His email accounts, which include details of many of Mr Farage’s day-to-day arrangements, have been frozen.

Court documents filed in the US allege that Cottrell was offering money laundering services on the dark web using the alias ‘Bill’.

When contacted in 2014 by FBI agents pretending to be drug traffickers, he promised to launder their cash for a fee in ‘complete anonymity and security’ through his offshore accounts, the documents claim.

Following a meeting with the undercover agents in Las Vegas, Cottrell arranged for them to send him £15,500, which he planned to pocket, the indictment alleges. 

He is alleged to have then attempted to blackmail the ‘drug traffickers’ by demanding £62,000 in the form of bitcoin – a virtual online payment system – saying he would alert the authorities if they refused.

Cottrell was believed by associates to be worth £250million through a family trust fund and had been working for Mr Farage for free.

A trusted member of Nigel Farage’s inner circle, Cottrell had just agreed to take on a permanent role organising the Ukip MEP’s diary and dealing with media inquiries.

A trusted member of Nigel Farage’s inner circle, Cottrell had just agreed to take on a permanent role organising the Ukip MEP’s diary and dealing with media inquiries.

But the court documents claim he had a ‘serious, years-long gambling problem, which inherently suggests a strong possibility of irrational risk taking’.

The US District Court in Illinois remanded Cottrell in custody while criminal proceedings continue, ruling that he posed a ‘serious flight risk’. 

The detention order filed in the court said that Cottrell had recently changed his name, which he claimed was to distance himself from previous involvement in political activities in the UK, an explanation the court did not find ‘credible’.

Cottrell also claimed he lived with his parents near Evesham, Worcestershire, despite being listed as living at a £2.5million flat in Kensington, West London.

His mother, Fiona Cottrell, was the Penthouse ‘pet of the month’ in October 1973, under the pseudonym Frances Cannon, describing herself as ‘daughter of a landowner’. 

The images were reprinted in the magazine in 1977 after she was linked romantically to Prince Charles.

Cottrell’s uncle is Lord Hesketh, a colourful hereditary peer who set up a Formula One team in the 1970s and was a Tory minister under Baroness Thatcher.

A former Conservative Party treasurer, he defected to Ukip in 2011. Cottrell was expelled from the exclusive Malvern College before sitting his A-levels.

He did not complete his education, deciding to go straight into what he has described as ‘private banking’.

His arrest came three weeks after the Brexit victory in the EU referendum, as he accompanied Mr Farage to talk to US media about Brexit.

They flew from London Heathrow to Chicago’s O’Hare airport, from where they had a connecting flight to Cleveland.

Cottrell's mother once dated Prince Charles

Cottrell’s mother once dated Prince Charles

As they arrived in the US, Cottrell was briefly detained by customs officers in Chicago in what appeared to be a routine check before being allowed to continue his journey.

He and Mr Farage spent three days at the Republican Convention, where they had a packed schedule of television appearances and meetings with US senators as well as discussions with aides to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

It now appears that Cottrell was being watched by FBI officers throughout the trip.

To Mr Farage’s shock, five FBI officers were waiting to meet Cottrell as they disembarked from their return flight from Cleveland to Chicago O’Hare on July 22, en route to Heathrow. 

The distressed former Ukip leader – who knew nothing of his aide’s alleged illegal activities – was given no information about Cottrell’s arrest, and was forced to return to London without him.

The FBI has frozen all Cottrell’s email accounts, leaving Mr Farage without access to his electronic diary. Four days after he was seized, Cottrell appeared briefly in court in Chicago.

An FBI spokesman in Ohio confirmed that George Swinten Cottrell was arrested on July 22 and was due to be extradited to Phoenix, Arizona. 

A Ukip spokesman said: ‘George was an unpaid and enthusiastic volunteer for the party over the period of the referendum.

‘We are unaware of the details of the allegations excepting that they date from a time before he was directly involved in the party.’ 

NAME-DROPPING ARISTO WHOSE RACY MUM CAUGHT THE EYE OF PRINCE CHARLES

By Richard Kay

Editor at Large

Friends of George Cottrell say he has always wanted to make something of his life – and that he was determined any success would be through his own efforts and not because of who he was.

Not that he was beyond a bit of name-dropping when the occasion demanded.

He claimed, for instance, that his godfather was the secretive billionaire currency trader Joe Lewis, owner of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and suggested that he was the beneficiary of a £250million family trust fund.

Separating fact from fiction, however, is a different matter. For young George likes to construct an air of mystery around his activities and indeed his background. Unlike most young men of his age he has no social media profile. Nor does he upload pictures of his private life or of his friends.

Penthouse pet: Fiona Cottrell in the 70s

Penthouse pet: Fiona Cottrell in the 70s

He claims that he was used to handling large sums of money because as a 12-year old his ‘Irish’ racing uncles regularly despatched him to the bookies with bundles of notes as they drank in bars on the racetracks.

But who might these Irish kinsmen be? For Cottrell’s mother Fiona, who once bared all for adult magazine Penthouse and was pursued by a youthful Prince Charles, is the daughter of soap tycoon and Yorkshire landowner Lord Manton.

George’s father Mark is a former bobsleigh competitor who dreamed of representing Britain in the Olympic Games and went to Gordonstoun, where he was a contemporary of Prince Andrew.

One of George’s uncles is the colourful former Tory grandee and one-time treasurer Lord Hesketh, who famously defected to Ukip in 2011.

Alexander Hesketh, who set up a Formula One racing team recruiting James Hunt in the 1970s and who is married to Fiona’s older sister Claire, did, however, once own a racecourse – Towcester in Northamptonshire.

But it was sold along with everything else when he was forced to flog off the family’s nearby baroque stately home, Easton Neston in 2005.

Chain-smoking Cottrell, 22, claims he was expelled from Malvern College, where fees for boarders are £36,000 a year, before taking his A-levels and did not go to university. He told one figure that despite this he went straight into ‘private banking.’

Contacted at the family home near Evesham, Worcestershire, yesterday George’s 62-year-old mother said: ‘I never speak to the newspapers,’ and hung up.

She was not always so reticent. In 1974 she was draped naked, apart from a pink necklace, displaying her 38-23-35 figure across 11 pages of Penthouse.

Using the pseudonym Frances Cannon, Fiona described herself as the ‘daughter of a landowner.’

In the accompanying text the former debutante offered some pert observations. ‘My parents let me grow up believing my body is beautiful and sex in the right circumstances is wonderful.’

That might have been the end of the matter had Fiona not, some three years later, attracted the admiring eye of the Prince of Wales after meeting at a weekend house party when he was on a flying course at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

Alas his ‘cautious and careful’ approach in attempting to woo her was his downfall. Fiona was not the kind to sit waiting for the phone to ring.

When he finally did, she thought it was a prank and told him she already had a date with Mark Cottrell, whom she went on to marry in 1978.

With his uncle’s political connections, it was perhaps no surprise that the stocky George, who has a sister Laura, 28, should find himself offering his services to then Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

At the time of his arrest last month he had just agreed to take on a permanent role organising Mr Farage’s diary and dealing with media inquiries. He had been working for him for free.

Mr Farage, who likes to take troubled types under his wing, felt that working for the party gave the young man a purpose he otherwise lacked.

‘They had done their due diligence on George before agreeing to hire him and found nothing to worry about,’ assured an insider.

Last night that reassurance was looking rather hollow.

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As Ever UKip Are Fighting Like Ferrets In A Sack, In A Corrupt Election!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 06/08/2016

As Ever UKip Are Fighting Like Ferrets In A Sack, In A Corrupt Election!
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one wonders why whenever UKip come into the open you find that what they claim for themselves is deeply flawed – in 23 years of claiming to campaign to Leave-The-EU they have never had a single solitary consistent organised and professional campaign – they have however consistently failed to have the vaguest of responsible strategies for how to Leave-The-EU ethically within the framework of international treaty law ensuring Britain does no experience massive damage and huge debts.
I guess it is not all that surprising when one realises that virtually nothing they have ever said or done has been professional or for that matter honest!
Consider a few points from Twitter:
Greg_Lance-Watkins@Greg_LW 13h13 hours ago

Anyone know when will prove the validity of her CV or is she fraudulently seeking election as leader?

Greg_Lance-Watkins@Greg_LW 13h13 hours ago

So & are suspected of & have been notified Thus MUST investigate!

A & a do battle for leadership of & 6 nonentities squabble to lead for who continues in control!

Jasna Badzak Retweeted (((Mi5 Trump ton)))

She did if she is Diane James, US born, living there and not member! This one photo is just using her name!

Jasna Badzak added,

  1. Greg_Lance-Watkins Retweeted Jasna Badzak

    is an embarrassing joke candidate for leader since there are no viable candidates!

    Greg_Lance-Watkins added,

That is just a quick selection of examples from the last 3 days!
For more facts regarding the new front runner Diane James CLICK HERE
For facts regarding any candidate of any significance use the >SEARCH< facility at the top of the right sidebar. Minded that Broughton, Etheridge and Jones are easily judged by the odds against them and the obviously lack of leadership skills and judgement they have displayed by squandering £5,000 on submitting their applications!
That UKip are willing to seek to profit by charging applicants £5,000 each to be considered leads one to wonder how come they haven’t followed Labour’s lead and charge members £25 to vote! Clearly if Aaron Banks quits as their financier the new leader will have been hyanded a poison chalice as there will be no money to run the party as UKip MEPs are notoriously tight fisted and apart from the seried ranks of crooks who have been sent to prison or ordered to pay back money they had perloined from the tax payers donations have been few and far between other than those who made much show of being donors when it came to funding their own elections to the gravy train!
Now consider the fact that it seems UKip have NEVER managed to organise an internal selection process and/or election that has not raised controversy mainly due to their utterly unprofessional behaviour and corruption – time and time again they have been proven to have lied or cheated!
We have the farcical and fancifull story peddled by UKip firstly that Nigel Farage gave up a highly successfull career in the City when in fact he was just a serial drunk and philanderer who had been fired for his misconduct and to this day (I believe he still owes the money) owes the tax man for his back taxes on his failed company.
We have protestations that he gave up a career where he would have earned far more to control UKip – I think not when he arrived with debts and a cloud over his City career yet today would seem to have assets valued variously at between £3 and £7Million!
We are told how he was a great devotee of Margaret Thatcher yet when one checks the record he voted Green prior to joining UKip!
We hear the myth he peddles that were ity not for him and for his fiefdom of UKip there would be no BreXit and have been no Referendum – this is an outright lie. Neither Nigel Farage nor his party did anything to achieve BreXit, as ever they didn’t even have a responsible strategy of how to Leave-The-EU or what to do to safeguard Britain’s future when we left! In fact Nigel Farage and his claque did almost everything they could to prevent the Referendum – Just as they had utterly failed to actively campaign to oppose the new EU Constitution which morphed into the Lisbon Treaty!
It is an absol;utely unarguable fact thaty the Referendum was the result of the efforts of Nikki Sinclaire and no one else, it was she who campaigned for a referendum and ity was she who put together a team, and largely funded that team, to collect paper signatures in a petition to force the Government to hold a debate on Britain’s future relationship with the EU – a petition that Nigel Farage and his cronies did all they could to sabotage to ensure tjhere was no debate.
Nikki Sinclaire won the day and obtained 1/4Million signatures forcing a debate in the House of Commons in whyich David Cameron’s Government faced its first and worst rebellion, it was that debate which forced Cameron to include the promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next election.
Nigel Farage & UKip did absolutely nothing to achieve BreXit – they even went so far as to split the organisation that was to campaign for OUT, together with their self serving and self aggrandising fundert Aaron Banks.
Now let us look briefly at the claim that Nigel Farage made that he waws resigning as leader of UKip.
Yet even now having said his resignation was immediate he is still seeking to control UKip to ensure his puppet is elected in his stead! It is Nigel Farage actively campaigning against the NEC he put in place and has controlled for so many years, it is he threatening an AGM to overturn their decisions and it is he openly supporting Steven Woolfe – despite Woolfe’s criminal behaviour as exposed in earlier elections. Despite Woolfe’s claims to be a Barrister, which he is not!
Consider:

UKIP leadership: Steven Woolfe excluded from race

Steven Woolfe
Image caption: Mr Woolfe said some in the party felt he was “not his own man”

UKIP leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe has been ruled “ineligible” to stand in the contest to replace Nigel Farage – after he submitted his papers late.

The party’s NEC said it had voted by a “clear majority” to exclude Mr Woolfe – previously seen as the frontrunner.

The MEP said he was “extremely disappointed” by the decision, and three NEC members have quit in protest.

Jonathan Arnott, Bill Etheridge, Diane James, Lisa Duffy, Phillip Broughton and Elizabeth Jones are on the ballot.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Woolfe said he believed the NEC had “their own reasons” for excluding him from the ballot, but implied it could have been linked to the fact he was committed to abolishing the executive.

Asked if he would consider taking legal action, or calling a vote of no confidence in the NEC, Mr Woolfe said it was a matter for the party membership but he thought the contest should continue without him.

Announcing their resignations from the NEC, Victoria Ayling, Raymond Finch and Michael McGough said in a joint statement that the party’s governing body “is no longer fit for purpose” and called for a vote of no confidence in the NEC.

Media captionUKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott says Steven Woolfe will still have a “huge role” to play in the party’s future.

They accused it of “deliberately obstructing” Mr Woolfe and some of its members of putting personal ambitions ahead of the interests of the party – which polled more than four million votes at the last general election and got 12% of the vote.

“Steven Woolfe is a popular candidate among UKIP’s members and should be permitted to represent those that wish to vote for him,” they wrote.

“To purposefully trawl for technicalities upon which to base a decision to deny his inclusion is not in the best interests of the membership and truly injurious to UKIP.”

‘Clear rules’

The winner of the leadership contest – sparked by Mr Farage’s decision to stand down after the UK voted to leave the EU – is scheduled to be announced on 15 September.

In a statement announcing the final line-up, the party said: “By a clear majority of NEC members Steven Woolfe MEP’s application was considered to be ineligible as a result of a late submission and as such he did not meet the eligibility criteria.”

Mr Woolfe, the party’s immigration spokesman, submitted his nomination papers 17 minutes late on Sunday, blaming the delay on technical issues with the registration site.

Nigel FarageImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionNigel Farage announced he was stepping down after the UK voted to leave the EU

He submitted his application at 11:35 BST – before the noon deadline – but it did not successfully go through until 12:17 BST.

He said he had been in contact with party officials prior to the deadline passing to alert them to the problems, and had sent pictures, upon request, to prove it.

The party’s chairman, Paul Oakden, said Mr Woolfe’s exclusion was “regrettable” but the rules for prospective candidates, as for all elections, were “very clear”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that the NEC was put in the position of having “to bend and flex the rules” to accommodate a single candidate and “I think they did not feel comfortable in doing that”.

‘Life or death’

Mr Woolfe said he was “extremely disappointed” not to be on the final ballot as he had wanted to “inject my ideas, plans and passion into the party”.

And he criticised the NEC as “not fit for purpose” and said its conduct during the leadership election had “confirmed many member’s fears that it is neither effective nor professional in the way it governs the party”.

Media captionUKIP’s chairman said it was important for candidates to hit application deadlines.
Media captionMichael McGough has resigned from the UKIP’s ruling body over the leadership vote

“They have failed to accept that there were serious issues with the application system despite providing evidence that attempts of submission were made before the deadline. The NEC deny this is the fault of the UKIP system.

“Furthermore, highly confidential information about me held in party documents has been leaked to the press and the NEC has not sought to investigate this gross breach of privacy,” he added.

‘Life and death’

Mr McGough – who has resigned from the NEC – said Mr Woolfe’s exclusion from the contest was “unfair” and called into the question the party’s future.

Unless the party elected a “competent leader who was comfortable with the media, it was finished”, he told World at One. “This is a fight for survival. It is life or death.”

BBC political correspondent Tom Bateman said the NEC’s decision “opens up a whole new schism in UKIP” and he understood that Mr Farage could call an emergency meeting of the party membership to put pressure on the body to reconsider.

Diane JamesImage copyrightPA
Image captionDiane James has confirmed she is standing after days of uncertainty

Mr Oakden, who only took over as party chairman this week, said the party was perfectly entitled to call an EGM if 25% of its branches backed the move but said talk of a potential split was over-exaggerated and the remaining contenders were a diverse and exciting group.

MEP Ms James – now regarded as the favourite in the contest – has launched her own campaign website while Mr Arnott, an MEP for the north east of England, has said he was won the backing of the party’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

Of the other candidates, Mr Etheridge is also a member of European Parliament while Lisa Duffy is a councillor in Cambridgeshire. Both Ms Jones and Mr Broughton have stood as candidates in recent parliamentary elections.

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Do also note the following article:

Steven Woolfe being investigated for electoral fraud over drink drive conviction

 
Steven Woolfe
Steven Woolfe MEP speaking about Ukip’s migration policies CREDIT:GEOFF PUGH/TELEGRAPH

 

Ukip’s Steven Woolfe is being investigated for electoral fraud just days after he was expelled from the party’s leadership race.

Mr Woolfe, the party’s migration spokesman, is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police over claims he did not declare a conviction for drink driving when he stood for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012.

The force has received a complaint about Mr Woolfe’s 2002 conviction which would have barred him from standing for the role in 2012.

 

Mr Woolfe said he “forgot about the conviction” when he stood in the Greater Manchester PCC election in 2012.

Next Ukip leader | Who are the bookies backing?

CONTENDERS                                    ODDS

James, Diane                                             1/3
Duffy, Lisa                                                  11/2
Arnott, Jonathan                                       8/1
Broughton, Philip                                      50/1
Etheridge, Bill                                            50/1
Jones, Liz                                                    80/1

Source: Paddy Power, 12.25 on 3 August 2016

 

Mr Woolfe had been tipped to become the frontrunner in Ukip’s leadership campaign after impressing since becoming an MEP for the North West in 2014 CLICK HERE

But the 48-year-old former lawyer missed the nomination deadline by 17 minutes.

He was barred from standing after he submitted his application to become a candidate after the official deadline and has faced claims that he had failed to keep up his membership.

Mr Woolfe said he “forgot about the conviction” when he stood in the Greater Manchester PCC election in 2012, in a possible breach of electoral law.

Supporters of Mr Woolfe, who stood for Parliament in Stockport last year but finished third, have reacted angrily.

@Arron_banks @Mr_Gossamer Looks like UKIP are going to lose a lot of supporters now. Time for a new party?

 

@Arron_banks genuinely upset that @UKIP have imploded on themselves just as REAL progress was being made and old reputations were going.

 

Mr Woolfe had indicated that he would focus Ukip on becoming a party for social mobility, in a direct targeting of Labour’s core voters, particularly in northern heartlands. 

“The one thing I can say to the people of the North and the Midlands who voted Brexit and who are tired of the Labour Party leaving them behind, Ukip is now the party for you and your new home,” Woolfe told IBT.

“We did it for immigration, we did it for the referendum and now we’re going to do it for social mobility too.”

Ukip has been riven by in-fighting as rival factions battle to secure control of the party.

Nigel Farage has attacked NEC members as “among the lowest grade of people I have ever met” and has long been at odds with Douglas Carswell, the party’s only MP, and Neil Hamilton, its leader in the Welsh Assembly.

Former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans, who was suspended from the party earlier this year after repeated clashes with Mr Farage, said Mr Woolfe is “probably ineligible”.

Mr Farage, who announced he was quitting after the Leave victory in the EU referendum, said Ukip members should vote for the candidate who will best represent the party “on the big media stages” and around the country.

He urged his successor to “bypass” the NEC, claiming the governing body contains “total amateurs” who have acted as a “barrier to radical change and modernisation”.

Comment | Steven Woolfe on his Ukip leadership expulsion

“I am extremely disappointed by the UKIP NEC decision to exclude me from the party’s leadership election.

“Having been a committed member of UKIP, standing for the party in multiple elections, acting as a spokesman at the highest level, I wanted to take this opportunity to stand for Leader to inject my ideas, plans and passion into the party.

“Over the course of this leadership election, the NEC has proven it is not fit for purpose and it confirmed many member’s fears that it is neither effective nor professional in the way it governs the party.

“The NEC panel have even accepted that they were wrong to raise questions of my membership of the party, as I have been a full member since 2011. They did not identify my payments in the UKIP records until I showed them my own bank statements. After providing evidence of the payments and donations I have made to the party, they were satisfied this was not an issue.

“They have failed to accept that there were serious issues with the application system despite providing evidence that attempts of submission were made before the deadline. The NEC deny this is the fault of the UKIP system.

“Furthermore, highly confidential information about me held in party documents has been leaked to the press and the NEC has not sought to investigate this gross breach of privacy.

“The NEC’s treatment of Nathan Gill over the past two weeks has also been totally unacceptable.

“Nathan is a decent and honest man, who has been in the party longer than many NEC members. He, as the leader of UKIP in Wales, led the party to victories for seven Welsh assembly members in May. His dedication to the party knows no bounds. Wales voted to leave the EU and it deserves a Eurosceptic voice in Brussels to represent the people, as the renegotiation moves ahead.

“If I were on the ballot, I would have fought to reform the internal structure of UKIP including the NEC. UKIP must professionalise and it cannot do that with an unfit NEC.

“Over the course of the past two weeks, my office and I have received thousands of messages of support from members.

“To every single one of them and all of those who have helped to support my campaign, I say a huge thank you.

“Although I am out of the contest I wish the other candidates well and hope they can show UKIP has a positive, inclusive, patriotic vision for Britain.”

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Do note that Jonathan Arnott has absolutely no experience of leadership having been a maths teacher in a tiny private school with, as I recall 140 pupils of all ages, even as an MEP he has been all but invisible and undeniably irrelevant.
Jones & Broughton are both also rqans having no profile beyond having stood in elections and failed utterly.
Duffy has doner the rounds in the party but has only been noticeable for her spectacular failure during the time she was in charge of UKip Yoof!
Etheridge is best known for his racist behaviour and utterances regarding Gololiwogs, which saw him thrown out of the Tory Party, and having separated from his disabled wife as soon as he had squirmed his way in as a UKip MEP.
Diane James lays claim to having 30 years experience in Health Care but may be confusing herself with an American born woman of the same name!
As for Woolfe’s clai9m to be a Barrister – he may well have trained as one but I can find no record of any of his cases and he is most deffinitly not on the official list, which is open to public scrutiny, his criminal convicton may have something to do with his absence in the public record! Something else he may well have forgotten! As I recall when first he came to prominence in UKip he was a failed Compliance Officer in a Financial Services organisation – failed in that he had lost his job!
Situation normal UKip are in an utterly unprofessional, corrupt and dishonest squabbling mess!
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Nikki Sinclaire Prosecution Raises Many Questions But Few Answers

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 29/07/2016

Nikki Sinclaire Prosecution Raises Many Questions But Few Answers
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Nikki Sinclaire Prosecution Raises Many Questions But Few Answers Including when will criminals like John Ison & those who corrupted the law and perverted the course of justice be prosecuted.

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it will be noted by those who followed the case that this is a classic case of ‘Justice delayed being Justice denied’.
One is forced to ask on what grounds did the police persecute Nikki Sinclaire, just how staggeringly incompetent or even arguably corrupt was the police investigation when within a couple of days the Jusge saw through the case and officially cautioned the police witness John Ison as it was clear his evidence was incriminating him!
On what basis did Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division believe there was a case to answer and justify an expenditure of some £1.5Million on the unsubstantiated allegations of one bitter little man’s claims in breech of his contract of employment and openly made in collusion with Nigel Farage, as both his statement and the recordings showed – a claim amounting to a mere £3,200!
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Just what have OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division done towards the prosecution of David Bannermann & Stuart Agnew, both UKip MEPs for having abused their office and utilised public money to pay the salary of Peter Reeve in direct contravention of the EU rules to the tune of many £thousands, as admitted on video and exposed by Daniel Foggo in The Sunday Times?
Just what have OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division done towards the prosecution of Stuart Agnew a UKip MEPs and the then UKip member of the House of Lords Malcolm Pearson for having abused their office and admitting to launder donations and offering to launder further donations in direct contravention of British Electoral Law to the tune of £10s of thousands, as admitted on video and exposed by Daniel Foggo in The Sunday Times?
Just what have OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division done towards the prosecution of Janice Atkinson a UKip MEPs at the time when she was exposed for having abused her office and falsified a claim for expenses having organised a political party meetin during UKip Conference as exposed in the media?
Just what have OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division done towards the prosecution of John Ison for having deliberately misled the police relative to Nikki Sinclaire, and having colluded in criminality with Nigel Farage to pervert the course of justice, whilst openly admitting to having broken the computer data laws and being in breech of the Data Protection Act as officially cautioned in Court by the Judge and widely reported in the media?
Just what have OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division done towards the prosecution of Derek Clarke a UKip MEPs and at the time a UKip member for having abused his office and having misappropriated public funds to the tune of £10s of thousands, as admitted by his having repaid between £30 & £100K when caught?
Just what have OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division done towards the prosecution of Nigel Farage for having colluded with John Ison relative to Nikki Sinclaire, and having colluded in criminality with John Ison to pervert the course of justice, by vicerious participation in breech of The Data Protection Act and Misuse of Computers Act, as reported in open Court and confirmed by tape recorded evidence in Court as widely reported in the media?
One has to wonder when you consider these matters just how corrupt the process is and whether OLAF, the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division are acting corruptly in collusion with selected members of UKip – One is forced to draw the conclussion that the case against Nikki Sinclaire was not, as she puts it, just a ‘vanity case’ but a deliberate and mallicious act against her for and on behalf of interests in UKip and/or elsewhere in the body politic.
Similarly minded that the police and  Simon Timothy Orme Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division were involved in the persecution of Jasna Badzak in the most suspect of cases whether anyone could pretend her trial was other than mallicious and thus totally failed to display the tennet that ‘Justice must be seen to be done’ – particularly in the light of the subsequent rulings against Gerard batten!
One could continue with questions such as on what grounds has Annabelle Fuller under her original name or subsequent aliases not been prosecuted for her crimes. How is Jane Collins sheltering behind ‘Parliamentary Privilege’ for her undeniably libelous comments made at the UKip Conference to a large audience libeling various Labour MPs relative to grooming and child abuse.
There are so many cases that one is forced to the conclusion that this is not a matter of coincidents but does seem to be overt corruption!

Former MEP brands failed criminal prosecution a ‘vanity case’

Written by Martin Banks on 28 July 2016 in News

Former UK Independence Party MEP Nikki Sinclaire says that a failed criminal prosecution against her cost €1.78m – over an expenses claim of just €3800.

Nikki Sinclaire

Former MEP Nikki Sinclaire | Photo credit: European Parliament audiovisual


She has branded the police investigation against her “a vanity case” after being found not guilty of fiddling €3800 in European parliamentary expenses claims and laundering the cash.

Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands region until 2014, had denied deliberately submitting 10 dishonest claims for travel.

The 47-year-old said that instead some expenses had been “deliberately corrupted” by her former office assistant.


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After being cleared, she criticised police handling of the inquiry, saying the 10 incorrect claims upon which the prosecution case rested were now seven years old, dating to October 2009.

Sinclaire said: “In times of police cutbacks I find it incredible that on the say-so of one embittered man, West Midlands police spent, I believe, in the region of €1.78m chasing a vanity case of €3800.”

The former MEP added: “I was arrested more than four years ago, and that event had blighted my political career and, more importantly, my life. 

“I now welcome the opportunity to move forward.”

A West Midlands police spokesperson said: “This long, complex inquiry has been investigated in a diligent and professional manner. It resulted in extensive evidence being presented to the Crown Prosecution Service which they accepted as significant enough to charge Nikki Sinclaire. 

“Our criminal justice system quite rightly demands a very high standard of proof and we acknowledge the verdict from the jury.”

The force defended its handling of a “diligent and professional” investigation, but declined to say how much the inquiry cost.

Birmingham Crown Court had heard there had been an atmosphere of “hostility” between Sinclaire and outgoing Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, and that her former aide had passed information about her to the party.

Jurors spent just three and a half hours in deliberations before clearing Sinclaire of both charges. 

She had always admitted the claims on which the crown’s case rested were in “error”, but told jurors she “paid no attention” to travel expenses as it was her office staff’s job. 

She told the jury: “I was negligent – I am embarrassed about it.” However, she denied any deliberate wrongdoing. 

Sinclaire said the expenses were either mistakes by staff, or in at least one claim were “deliberately corrupted” by her former aide.

Jurors also heard of several examples where she could have made genuine claims, including parliamentary trips to Cyprus and Cuba, and staff costs, which were never submitted, and effectively left her out of pocket. 

Sinclaire alleged that compiling expenses claims was dealt with by her Birmingham office staff, while she just copied information supplied by her assistants on to the forms before signing them off. 

The jury had also heard about a background of Ukip infighting and how Sinclaire lost the party whip as a result of internal disagreements in January 2010. 

She said that her subsequent arrest by West Midlands police blocked her from re-joining Ukip. She then failed to get re-elected in 2014.

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