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Will the last person to leave the EU please turn out the lights

15 April 2014

15 April 2014

Nigel Farage is feeling the heat after saying that the electricity bill for his 620 square foot office is over £3,000. According to Consumer Futures, the average household dual-fuel energy bill is £1,200 and that is for an average 1,042 square feet home, so one can see why he’s under pressure. Farage went on to say that he runs lots of ‘machines’ in his tiny office.

Henry de Zoete, the bright spark former special adviser to Michael Gove turned co-founder of energy campaigning group The Big Deal, points out an open goal to Mr S:

‘Like millions of Britons, Nigel Farage is being ripped off by the Big Six energy companies. But it’s ok for him because the EU and British taxpayer are picking up the bill. If Nigel really believes in cutting EU waste he should join the 10,000 who have already signed up to The Big Deal on energy. We will demand the best possible deal from energy companies as they bid for the right to supply thousands of homes across Britain and one shed in Bognor Regis.’

No one tell Ed Miliband for heaven’s sake; he’s only just stopped banging on about his energy price freeze.


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  • Keith D

    On its own, this is not newsworthy. What is newsworthy, because of its pervasiveness in the ivory tower based MSM , is the consistent attempts to smear Mr Farage.

    How frightening it must be that swathes of our country are poised to deliver our opinion on the destruction they, and their co conspirators in LibLabCon, have visited on our childrens future.

    The narrative is changing and we can smell the fear.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Message to the liblabcon and their media whores….

    Smears don’t work, it just makes you look bad.

    Keep it up. Vote UKIP.

  • Your Correspondent

    So for the Tories and their supporters in the press the horrible truth has finally dawned. With a weak and useless Labour leader the 2015 election was definitely winnable, but Dave and George decided to dump most of their core supporters in the interests of modernisation. It is hard to imagine why they thought the British public wanted another lefty Social Democratic party when we have two already but that was the judgement. So when an authentic conservative party jumps up and grabs half their voters there shouldn’t really be any surprise. In 2015 safely back in opposition the Tories might want to think long and hard about those core values.

  • jazz606

    This is no more than gutter journalism. The Spectator has fallen a long way. If I had anything more than a kindle subscription which costs peanuts, I would be cancelling it.

  • Max Thrust

    This pathetic move by the Times will be remembered as the beginning of the end for the establishment. I almost feel sorry for them, the huge powers they have always wielded as thought police have all but evaporated, this must be very hard for them.They have truly bitten off more than they can chew and this will cost them dearly. Goodbye establishment, hello UKIP.

  • Two Bob

    Are you completely ignorant? Are you aware of the difference in domestic and commercial rates? ie kw/h. Are you aware how much electric an office server uses per year considering it is never switched off? A server is vital for a person constantly on the move like Mr Farage.

    Server, fax machine, computers, printers etc. Surely being a journo you ARE aware of these office devices? Or are you pretending to be ignorant to try and fool your ignorant readership? Bad idea because your readership is not as stupid as you think.

  • flintman

    Last person to leave the EU ? That’ll be a plumber then.

  • BuBBleBus

    My dual fuel bill is around £3000pa, it’s because granny keeps the electric fire on all the time otherwise she gets cold (and in case you are wondering, the house has more than building standard insulation everywhere.)

    • Two Bob

      A bit like a server being left on 24/7 in an office then.

      • Swiss Bob

        Exactly, I have a home office with a rig similar to yours plus an entertainment system just as powerful, my energy bill is easily £3000 a year and I’m constantly switching stuff off, using only three of the four monitors and trying to remember to turn the printer off etc.

  • Lady Magdalene

    Farage isn’t “under pressure.”
    The Times has run a disgraceful smear attack …. no doubt at the behest of the CONs …. and The Spectator is joining in.
    All MEPs get the same, flat rate General Expenses Allowance which can be used on whatever they think is appropriate to run their Constituency Office and associated expenses. No receipts are required.
    I hope he sues The Times.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      No sense playing along with the establishment muppets. UKIP can leverage this to their advantage, and lawsuits are only a distraction to that.

      This was all to be expected.

      • southerner

        Indeed. In any event litigation would take many months to resolve such that any success would be achieved long after the story is forgotten. More importantly, it is playing to the establishment tune as you allude to.

  • 0rangeman

    As were talking MPs expenses we are obliged to shell out £56 million every single day not to mention back in march a whopping £2.4 Billion of our taxes gone to plug a mysterious hole in the out of control EU budget.

    And what do we get for our blood sweat and hard earned taxes well theres the European Commission; The European Council; The Council of Europe; The Council of European Union; The European Parliament a bizarre toothless organisation which is the only one of its kind on the planet calling its self a parliament whose members cannot initiate legislation propose legislation or even for the repeal of legislation all of which is already decided for them by the UNELECTED European commission. DICTATORSHIP BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL DICTATORSHIP! which has to have an army of translators to even function.

    Meanwhile on this side of the channel we have a parliament which boasts all the functions the EU parliament is short of yet our democratically elected body is rendered utterly powerless to stop over 70% (the EU’s own Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding was videoed stating openly that 70% of the UKs national legislation now comes from Brussels) of our new laws being dictated to us by the above EU parliament. Our lot have become merely the muppets slavishly rubber stamping the dictats from on high.

    If this is what voters want then dont vote UKIP

    PS As our MPs now only do 30% of what we voted them in to do should we not cut their pay and perks accordingly and see exactly how much they love their preciious EU after that!!

  • dado_trunking

    Let’s be clear – what this chap needs to do is take advantage of the Green Deal pronto.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …you’re apparently smoking a lot of something green, laddie.

      • Andy

        Problem seems to be he is also inhaling.

  • saffrin

    Viewed from London, the report by the Times that Nigel Farage faces an investigation by OLAF, the European Commission’s anti-fraud office, for ‘missing’ EU funds looks like a smear.
    OLAF and its investigations have been tainted by politics for years.
    Most famous was the case of Hans-Martin Tillack, a German investigative reporter with Stern magazine, who exposed “a vast enterprise of looting” in Eurostat, the European Union’s own statistics office, in 2002.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/04/15/Eu-OLAF-investigations-are-a-joke

  • James Allen

    It just goes to show how parochial and intellectually debased our political culture is that Farage should be under fire for a slightly higher than average electricity bill, but the Establishment doesn’t have to explain why free trade with Europe is impossible outside of the EU.

    Which one is more important – and which shows how utterly stupid and self-serving our political and media class really is????

    • HookesLaw

      Well trade with the EU will be on their terms. It will or would be on whatever terms we can get off them. As it is we have very favourable terms. You ae the one who has to explain that somehow these terms would be better than we have now – this when we would have walked out on them.
      If you are suggesting we join the EEA like Norway then you have to accept that we would be little different from now. In fact you have to explain how we might avoid being worse off since as a price for joining, re-joining the single market we may have to not only only movement of labour rules but also join Schengen. Indeed if I were running the EU that would be on top of my list.

      For the sake of these small differences and indeed the possibility of being worse off you nutjobs are conspiring at the return of a Europhile Labour Party led by a crypto marxist.

      • Tony_E

        And trade between the EU and Britain will be on ours.

        It’s called being a nation state.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …a Europhile party led by a crypto marxist?

        You mean you’re predicting Dave gets reelected, lad?

      • James Allen

        Read the Brexit paper and you will see that joining EFTA we would get free trade with the EU and none of the regulatory and financial burden. Or outside EFTA we could secure a free trade agreement through bilateral negotiations. The problem with your view, Hookey, is that you simply haven’t grasped the illogicality of forming a (wholly unnecessary) political union with your trading partners, when a simple bilateral trade deal will do. And if you think we couldn’t secure a free trade deal on favourable terms, you wouldn’t be able to explain the free trade agreements between the EU and Mexico, South Korea, EFTA, Switzerland etc. Even though they have a net trading surplus with the EU, unlike us mugs with our £60bn per annum deficit. Go on…. what’s your answer to that? Do you have one?!!!!

        As for the point about letting in Labour…. well, I don’t see much difference between a Govt that’s let the national debt rise by 40% this Parliament alone, and the Govts that preceded or will postcede it. I think reclaiming national sovereignty is a damn site more important right now than the very marginal differences between “Red Ed” and “Cast iron” Dave….

      • Wessex Man

        oh dear.

  • Denis_Cooper

    I’ve been on Daniel Hannan’s blog and asked him how much he has received in salary and allowances since he was first elected as an MEP in 1999, and how his total would compare with that of Nigel Farage who was also first elected then.

    His reply:

    “I’d have thought the total sum is similar for every MEP”

    So five years ago before the last EU Parliament elections, when the ex-Labour MP and since-convicted fraudster Denis MacShane was going around accusing Nigel Farage of having “trousered” £2 million, it seems that he could have said much the same about Daniel Hannan or any other MEP first elected in 1999.

    • foxoles

      This seems very much to be the modus operandi – hold one person to a very different standard from all the rest, and hope no-one looks any further into it.

      • HookesLaw

        You mean they are holding him to different standard to Miller? Pardon me but that would be you.

        • foxoles

          Miller fiddled expenses. Farage received the same EU allowance as all the other 751 MEPs. Deal with it.

          • HookesLaw

            Miller did not fiddle expenses. She was not accused of or found guilty of any fiddling.
            If UKIP receive money irrewspective and it matters not how its spent then why has someone complained about it? why is Farage listing 15k against a particular category? Why is he or indeed anybody keeping a record at all?

            http://order-order.com/2014/04/15/payback-times-hack-hits-back-at-kipper/

            • foxoles

              Oh, that’s right – she didn’t fiddle … she just ‘over-claimed’.

              rofl

              • HookesLaw

                She made a mistake – I sure saint Nigel has as well.

                • Wessex Man

                  bit of a long running one wasn’t it?

            • the viceroy’s gin

              …she fiddled and that’s why she was told to (lamely) apologize.

              • HookesLaw

                No thats not why she was asked to apologise. She was asked to apologise because she was rude to the committee.
                She made a mistake and I’m sure Saint Nigel’s made a mistake too. Lecky bills are very complicated.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …yes, it’s interesting how you Camerluvvies keep getting caught up in “complications”. First the multiply accused rapist, and now this expenses fiddling MIller.

                  Well, they’re all keeping out of the prison system, at least (so far).

            • Wessex Man

              irrewspective your not develoing a lisp as you and and the Chacellor get down with the kids are you?

        • Wessex Man

          erm, please explain and not the usual Times rubbish just what Nigel Farage has done.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Farage is a traitor to the glorious Brussels project. Dave the Good has been sent here by the Almighty to cleanse these blessedly multi-culti lands of this scourge of UKIP. Amen.

  • HookesLaw

    ‘Your wife, is she interested in a manifesto? Know whatahmean, know whatahmean, nudge nudge, know whatahmean, say no more?’

    • Wessex Man

      careful Hooky, I wish you would take your meds.

  • Swiss Bob

    1. It’s not a household you d1cks.
    2. If they’re running servers 24/7 they’re also running aircon, on a business rate that is easily £3000 a year.
    3. Even if they’re not running servers but have several PCs they still probably need aircon. with printers and ancillary devices.

    • HookesLaw

      Wow you make it sound like its the CIA.
      Don’t worry – I’m sure its all a mistake.

      • Swiss Bob

        Having a computer/server makes one like the CIA.

        You’re cracked hooky.

        • HookesLaw

          So they only have one computer now or ‘a’ server?
          How many do they need to rack up these bills. You are so dim you cannot see your own lunacy.

          • Swiss Bob

            I have no idea but in an office I’d assume two or three, they may also be running an exchange server, a basic office setup, they may have redundancy so two servers, it’s you that thinks a basic office setup is ‘like the CIA’.

            Cracked mate, take a lie down.

            • HookesLaw

              Oh dear – you have had a humour by-pass haven’t you. What a soulless plonker.
              and
              may I remind you its you who started by saying ‘It’s not a household you d1cks.’

              • Swiss Bob

                You’re not exactly known for your sense of humour.

                • HookesLaw

                  har har har

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …that’s your most sensible post in some time, lad.

                • HookesLaw

                  ho ho ho…
                  BTW
                  You must be gutted at the arrest of the old Grand Dragon.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …but that post is just as nonsensical as your usual, lad.

          • Wessex Man

            cor pots ketlles and black!

          • Wessex Man

            hur hur hur ah

            NURSE!

        • Wessex Man

          He’s been cracked since Dave kissed Nick a wrote a love sonf to Vince in 2010.

  • keith

    i notice the BBC has rowed back from its earlier glee that they thought farage had been caught with his hands in the cookie jar, but i suppose someone who probably spends there time attending drinks parties around Westminster with older powerful men of influence wanted to keep in with them, i dare say your name is on a ticket to the next late night get together at the party conference.

  • Radford_NG

    This is knocking copy from The Times:the story is about the *total* running costs of the office;and Farage is threatening a libel action.

    Mean-while Melissa Kite (God bless her) has got off her horse to report that Cameron makes £6,000 a month [£70,000 a year] renting out his London house whilst living at No.10 rent free…….and claiming from the tax payer 7p. for a bulldog clip.

    http://www.ukip.org/cracking_story_for_the_attention_of_the_intrepid_and_daring_times_investigative_team

    • Radford_NG

      And UKIP asks a question; a partial answer to which is,Matthew Paris and Hugo Rifkind.

      http://www.ukip.org/who_are_the_times_journalists_trying_so_desperately_to_undermine_ukip

      • HookesLaw

        A question about the privately educated Nigel Farage?
        No doubt no questions would have been asked if someone had not made the allegation.
        You really are oh so soppy and pathetic. And nujobs like you complain about wanting a ‘free’ press – that is until they start biting at you.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          …how distant are you Camerluvvies going to be finishing next month, lad?

          • HookesLaw

            Lab 36 Con 25 UKIP 20

            • Kitty MLB

              Where did you get that figure from Hooky.
              I thought it was Lab 36 UKIP 28 Con 23 Lib Dem 9.
              No idea why Labour are ever first..

            • Wessex Man

              hur hur hur

              NURSE!

              • Kitty MLB

                Hooky is past the needing a NURSE stage, as far as this is concerned.

    • HookesLaw

      Does he have a mortgage on this house?

      Shock horror the PM of the UK has a grace and favour house? Well 2 if you count Chequers. The family living accomodation in No10 is notoriously non existent.

      • foxoles

        No, Cameron’s London house has no mortgage (he is from a very wealthy family, remember) … unlike his Oxfordshire pad, which he cranked the mortgage up on, so he could claim even more off the taxpayer.

        • HookesLaw

          There is a limit to what can be claimed on second homes – it was 25K I think. Perhaps you can explain how Cameron increased his second home mortgage so he could claim more. Cameron and others were paying in mortgages on their second homes more than they got back in allowance. So he could have bought something smaller but would not have saved the taxpayer a penny.

          • southerner

            He bought a second home with a £350,000 mortgage. Absolutely necessary of course. He got the taxpayer to pay £1700 a month in mortgage interest payments. When the heat cranked up on the expenses scandal he paid off £100,000 from the mortgage (all of these colossal sums to the average Joe) and then started claiming utilities.
            Could he have bought it himself? But why do so when the taxpayer can foot the bill?
            “It was within the rules etcetc” Save you typing a response Hooky. Sorry. Missed out “Right wing nutjob.”

            • HookesLaw

              The system quite rightly allows for constituency ‘home’ or accommodation. The system quite rightly limits the amounts payable.

              What is wrong with someone having some money? Does being well off disqualify you ? Farage earned loads. As a tory I am not envious of people having money – well with the exception of Jonathan Ross, but we all have our blind spots. If people have money they must be paying taxes – well unless the BBC make special arrangements for you.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …so your boy Dave’s flipping houses on top of all else, lad?

                • HookesLaw

                  When did Cameron ‘flip’ his house?
                  I did not know he was into DIY.

              • southerner

                Nothing at all with money. I didn’t claim that there was. It is the sense of entitlement of the entire liblabcon. You don’t get it. That’s why you are the only one sticking up for Miller.

              • Wessex Man

                you really really sound it!

                NURSE!

          • Wessex Man

            “I believe in Angels in everything they say”

            boo!

  • jazz606

    I thought better of the Spectator than this.

  • Frank

    Is this an advertisement for Mr de Zoete’s company?

  • MirthaTidville

    you Speccie kids are just so transparent….knock the joke on the head, at least for this week and tell Dave we are loving the sight and sound of his panic

  • JoeDM

    Nothing new here. Move on.

  • Realpolitik

    Ha, getting desperate? Are you going through his bins these days too? You know he’s right so are using ad homs.

  • obiwan

    I come here looking for genuine journalism, perceptive, insightful writing…and you serve up this? Why aren’t you outraged at the fact that – quite clearly – Mr Farage is being subjected (once again, and not for the last time before the May EU elections) to a baseless public attack on his character by a petulant, ill-informed, undemocratic and spiteful media?

    Absolutely baffling.

    • Conway

      Not baffling at all; they are running scared.

      • CO Jones

        And with good reason.

    • telemachus

      Mr Farage is being subjected….to a baseless public attack on his character by a petulant, ill-informed, undemocratic and spiteful media?
      *
      The way I read it Steerpike has this just about correct
      Now those swept up by emotion or reaction will understand where their moral duty lies when approaching the ballot box

  • London Calling

    Everyone loves an underdog……keep kicking and he just might bite……..:)

  • Kitty MLB

    A somewhat pointless thread, headlines that are imperative and the actual story
    a nonsense.
    More UKIP bashing I see, on three separate threads… Yawn!

    • telemachus

      On a day when the corruption of your leadership is laid bare it would be incumbent on the faithful to justify the existence of your one issue one man in leadership party
      You have nothing to say
      Your party have nothing to say not said by Hannan of another party
      The thinking classes have lost patience
      Soon the Daily Mail readers will follow
      I have only pity

      • an ex-tory voter

        UKIP need say nothing. All the talking is done by LibLabCon, their trolls and their MSM supporters. Every time any one of them open their mouths UKIP’s point is made with deafening clarity.

        As for the latest attack on Farage, it has failed, just as the last one did and the next one will. Despite all their media presence LibLabCon have failed to nail Nigel again! The reason is simple, the public no longer believe a word any of them say. Given their track record of deceit, illegal wars and economic and social destruction you can hardly be surprised at the public’s lack of belief.

        • telemachus

          I am not sure the media will be important in the demise of UKIP
          They themselves sow the seeds of their own destruction
          There will be more Bloomery
          But your biggest problem is what you perceive as your greatest asset
          The character flaws and vapidity of Farage are evident day on day

          • an ex-tory voter

            You make the incorrect assumption that I am a member of UKIP.

            For a Labour supporter to criticise Nigel Farage for his “character flaws and vapidity” really is rank hypocrisy. Milliband and Balls to name but two, already beat Farage hands down in the “character flaws and vapidity stakes”.
            As for more “Bloomery”, you may be correct, but it will take UKIP decades to match the peerless performance of the Labour Party in this regard. It is after all a matter of public record that the Labour Party are “the masters of Bloomery” in all it’s forms.

          • wudyermucuss

            He’s a great speaker,on telly and live.
            Everyone has character flaws.
            You’re basically name calling.

  • ScaryBiscuits

    An *average* dual fuel bill will always be cheaper than an electricity-only bill because electricity is about 4 times more expensive than gas. If his office has only electric heaters, this bill is not unreasonable and indeed an illustration on how we are all ripped off by the windmill-mad energy polices of this government.
    This really is desperate stuff by the media, desperate because UKIP is at 20% at the polls and desperate to change the subject from Maria Miller, whose expenses are in a whole different league, so desperate in fact, that Clegg is now keen to talk about the Iraq War and even Cyril Smith.

    • Andy

      Having seen a picture of the office I doubt there is gas, so it will be heated by electricity, and probably not ecomomy 7 either !

  • Smithersjones2013

    [Yawn] More infantile hysteria from the establishment. How about comparing Farage’s energy bill with Downing Street or Milibands Office huh? No of course comparing it with something that is like for like, like another party leaders office or a business office is way beyond the wit of these imbeciles…….

    • MrVeryAngry

      Or Maria Miller’s ‘theft’?

      • Bluesman_1

        Do not forget the thief Laws and, for balance, the thief Uddin.

        • telemachus

          But Farage is the Leader
          *
          He should resign forthwith to set an example
          *
          Just ponder on that if you feel this joke of a party has depth

          • gerontius

            More depth than your party

          • Colonel Mustard

            But Son of Communist is the Leader
            *
            He should resign forthwith to set an example
            *
            Just ponder on that if you feel your joke of a party has depth

            • telemachus

              You are one worse than Dacre

              Hear this from the Guardian: “He had come here as a refugee, done his duty to his adopted country by serving in our Royal Navy during the war, become a great academic and raised a good family.

              “I saw him week after week and it beggars belief that the Daily Mail can accuse him of lacking patriotism. I never heard him ever say one word which was negative about Britain – our country.

              “The Daily Mail is telling lies about a good man who I knew. The people of this country are good and decent too. They do not want the Daily Mail attacking the dead relatives of politicians to make political points.”

              • Andy

                He was Marxist scum. He should have gone back to his native Poland and not remain safe and secure in the UK. And no amount of waffle from you can alter the fact that this piece of Marxist filth hated Britain and the British – he wrote that himself and never retracted those words. As I say the man was scum.

                • telemachus

                  A technical glitch left Nigel Farage appearing to sport a Hitler-style moustache when he appeared on the BBC today.

                  The incident came just hours after the UKIP leader was forced to deny singing Hitler Youth songs as a schoolboy.

                  Mr Farage was talking about an immigration crackdown when the large black pixel appeared over his upper lip on a big screen at Media City in Salford.

                  He was discussing Enoch Powell after the revelations that his teachers at Dulwich College saw him as a “racist” and a “fascist”.

                  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nigel-farage-pictured-hitler-moustache-2287966#ixzz2z2AzTCV6

              • Colonel Mustard

                I said nothing about his “love” of the nation where he sought and found refuge. I referred to him as a Communist. Which he was.

                So you can GTF.

              • MirthaTidville

                I stopped reading after your mention of the Guardian

              • hatrev

                Did you mention the Guardian?
                Do we have to say more?

              • Fergus Pickering

                And you red it in the Guardan, so it must be true. A great academic? What book did he write that everybody should read?

          • EschersStairs

            Was that supposed to be Haiku?

      • DWWolds

        Or Jacqui Smith’s theft.

      • foxoles

        No need for the inverted commas …

      • starfish

        Or gay MPs’ @rgies on expenses?

      • LeftFooterRightWing

        Or how about real convicted thieves like MacShane, Moran, Illsley, Chaytor, Morley and Devine.

        I mean real ones who got jail sentences!!!

        • telemachus

          I guess the point is that Farage must follow

          • Andy

            Only Fascists like you steal.

            • telemachus

              So Farage says he is innocent and you are gullible enough to believe him

              • Andy

                Listen you Fascist moron, the EU do not have expenses: he had an allowance and he could spend it as he saw fit – no receipts were or are required. It is only people like you who commit fraud – look at McShane who created his own invoices for the sole purpose of stealing taxpayers money.

                • telemachus

                  Please read the second part of my post

                • gerontius

                  Why would anybody read to the end of your posts, you’re just a shill?

  • anyfool

    He debunked the Times story on Sky against it has to said some really poor quality partisan questioning by one of the witless presenters on that poor excuse for a news channel.
    The trouble with you silly camp followers of the EU clique is you so desperately want to believe anything bad about UKIP that facts become irrelevant.
    On top of that no one cares now, you have told so many lies people just filter it out regardless of merit.

    • Perpetually Astonished

      The trouble with you silly camp followers of the Farage personality cult is you so desperately want to believe anything bad about any person or institution that disagrees with or challenges the Dear Leader that facts become irrelevant.

      So he probably fiddled his expenses a bit like the rest of them. He isn’t any purer than the rest of the political class, and no one has ever heard of any other member of Ukip but anyone with any sense will think they are no better. He isn’t perfect. Get over of it.

      • foxoles

        They don’t get expenses – the EU issues them with an automatic, fixed-rate allowance. So, no claims are involved.

        How can you fiddle something which is given automatically, with only a few general ‘guidelines’ as to what the money *might* be spent on?

        • Perpetually Astonished

          Farage has boasted that he takes £2million is expenses and allowances on top of his £64k salary. He says it is all used to support his work and Ukip, but none of this is audited and he hasn’t offered to open the books. The general points remain. There is as much of an air of dodginess around the Dear Leader as any other MP/MEP and there is a quite weirdly obsessive defensiveness about him among many of those who post comments in these threads

          • foxoles

            Again, the allowance is given automatically to *all* 751 MEPs. That clear enough for you?

            • Perpetually Astonished

              I do repent of my hidious suggestion that the Dear Leader is a mere politician and that he may have profited from the £2million in expenses and allowances he receives annually from the EU. I now acknowledge his purity and that only He can save our nation. I am sorry and will turn myself in for immediate liquidation. Long life and prosperity for the Dear Leader. May you allowances and expenses bless the nation and those you question them be killed like dogs in the street.

              • Thats_news

                You are the Spectator Silly Sausage and I claim my 5 Euros.

              • James Allen

                Troll.

          • James Allen

            He hasn’t used the money to buy a house and “flip” it. He’s spent it on running a political campaign to leave the very institution that pays him. Bizarre strategy for someone supposedly out to make a personal gain from being in public office.

        • HookesLaw

          What a plonker you are and a hypocritical bigot to boot. You kippercultists are oh so pathetic.

          • foxoles

            Insults do not constitute an argument, fun though they are.

          • Alexsandr

            why dont you change your nickname to boyles law. suit your argument better :)
            its all about gas so gets better
            PV = k

            • HookesLaw

              nutjob = yawn squared.

              • Alexsandr

                Coles Law?

              • Wessex Man

                That blinking Mayor sure is, won’t resign as a Councillor, although he has the grace to resign as Mayor.

          • Wessex Man

            Hey hooky did you hear about this one, you’ll love it – The Mayor of Swindon said “They not allowing those Mongols to make love are they?” TYPICAL THICKO TORY BOY!

            • the viceroy’s gin

              …wait… so the guy just found not guilty was going after Mongols?

              • Wessex Man

                I nearly went sigh, then realised it wasn’t Hooky!

        • Conway

          Moreover, in true EU fashion, no receipts are required.

          • Andy

            Exactly. So this is a none story. Unlike all those Fascist Labour Party members who stole huge amounts of money from the taxpayer by fraud.

      • James Allen

        But you haven’t bothered to find out the “facts”, have you? Farage hasn’t claimed any expenses for a UK office. He’s simply spent an EU allowance within the rules of the EP system. The Times’ story comes from a convicted fraudster and a “source” who has subsequently said that the Times misquoted him.

        So where are your supposed facts now??

    • Conway

      Funnily enough, when I was leafleting this afternoon, one of the householders said that the smears were having the opposite effect to the one they intended because it made people realise how much UKIP was scaring the main parties. She is a former Tory.

  • MalcolmRedfellow

    Surely a disconnect between the headline and the story.

    • anyfool

      Yes the story is based on spite motivated wishful thinking, the headline is based on optimistically hopeful thinking.

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