An astonishing letter from Nigel Farage to voters in the Newark by-election. The UKIP leader — who has openly admitted trousering EU expenses to fund his party — has decided to attack the Tories on sleaze:
“From abusing their positions of power for personal gain to outright fraud, the politicians meant to be representing you are being exposed one after the other …”
Errr … where to start?
- Farage described expenses abuse by UKIP MEP Tom Wise as a “simple, silly error” — before his ultimate conviction for fraud.
- UKIP MEP Ashley Mote was jailed for 21 counts of benefits fraud totalling £65,000
- UKIP are regularly represented in the media by disgraced former Tory MP Neil Hamilton, the protagonist in arguably the most notorious case of British political sleaze in living memory.
- Former MEP Den Dover has also been welcomed into the fold. He was expelled from the Tories after trousering hundreds of thousands of pounds of EU expenses.
Next up: Farage accuses another party of being a bit racist.