Black Propaganda

It appears that the European parliament services (or some individual in them) has decided to leak details of an investigation into the staff expenditure of a number of UKIP MEPs.  This follows the same pattern as the investigation into the ADDE, where the media learned the details of a parliamentary investigation before the people concerned.

I have written to the parliamentary services in the following terms:

Dear Mr. Klethi,

I attach below an e-mail from a Guardian journalist, received yesterday, relating to the investigation mentioned in your letter to me of November 22nd (a letter, which I may say, was never delivered to my address, and which I saw for the first time yesterday).

It is clear that the Guardian knows a great deal more about this matter than I do, so I am forced to the conclusion that the details in possession of the Guardian were leaked to them by your services.  It is disgraceful that an MEP should learn the details of a parliamentary investigation from a journalist.  But it follows the pattern established by your investigation of the ADDE, when those concerned received information on the allegations first from the press, and only later from your services.

I have some questions to put to you.  Do you recognise the preposterous figure of £95,000?  On what basis was it calculated?  What steps will you take to identify the leaker in your department?  What disciplinary measures will be taken against him/her?  Do you agree with me that this leak is a deliberate and malicious attempt to undermine UKIP during a critical by-election campaign?  Do you recognise the reputational damage to me personally, and to other colleagues, that this leak has already caused (the story is in today’s press)?  What proposals will you make to compensate us for this reputational damage?

The only substantial issue raised in your letter of Nov 22nd is the failure of your services to recognise that my staffer Mr. Paul Oakden switched from full-time employment with me prior to the last euro-elections in June 2014 to half-time employment thereafter, until he left my employment entirely on Dec 31st 2016 on his appointment to the full-time rôle of UKIP Party Chairman.  The fact that his salary was cut by 50% in June 2014 might have given you a clue.  This is a minor administrative glitch that could have been, and should have been, resolved quickly and easily and without recourse to deliberate black propaganda.

All the salary payments made on my staff allowance to Mr. Oakden (and my other staffers) have been entirely proper, and based on work actually performed for me as a MEP, not for any other work.

I will be publishing this message on my blog, since I have no option but to defend myself against these slurs on my reputation for financial probity.

I look forward to your response, and to your early action to resolve this misunderstanding.




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32 Responses to Black Propaganda

  1. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Would that kind of thing be a surprise in that place? The figure demanded including Le Pens would probably cover a couple of lunches…just? them down and publish their breaches of standards and procedures..probably too many!

    That labour MEP person was a total tw*t yesterday with his silly paper antic when Farage was speaking. And no action was taken on a breach of the parliament rules…form?

    Drain that Swamp..Klop!

  2. martinbrumby says:

    So the EU produces their own infantile lefty agit-prop.
    In addition to being endlessly incompetent, ludicrously bureaucratic and brazenly corrupt.
    Who knew?

    • David says:

      I think you have said it all there, Martin, complete bunch of (Fill in the blanks)
      And best wishes to Roger that it is sorted speedily in your favour, and an apology from them ( No that’s a step to far for them)

  3. Sally Culling says:

    I notice they quote TI. Did the Guardian check if TI has a conflict of interest? I guarantee a 2-second check of the EU’s database will show how much money they get from the EU!

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. KennieD says:

    Amazing how all these things come out at the same time. Fillon and Le Pen in France, the ADDE and now UKIP members for the UK, and no doubt soon the laws will again be changed in Holland to show that Wilders is guilty of some such thing or other.
    “There may be troubles ahead, so EU, just face the music and dance away”

  5. KennieD says:

    Just placed a bet on how long it will be before catalanbrian comes on and states how this shows that everybody who even mentions Brexit and/or UKIP is both corrupt and “racist”.

    • catalanbrian says:

      Nothing relating to Brexit or racism worth mentioning at this juncture. However UKIP does seem to have rather an excessive number of allegations of impropriety against it, including the matter of Mr Nuttall’s residency. Surely all these allegations can be are easily refuted if they are untrue.

      • mike5262015 says:

        Dear Brian. Allegations should not be taken too seriously. I found out in the worldwide web, that Lord and Lady Kinnock received about seven million pounds between them, from the E.U., a large percentage of that being expenses for Lady Kinnock. Now I don’t take much notice of that. Not even the E.U. would pay that sort of money to a guy who was unable to win anything in his career. Just let it go !

      • catalanbrian says:

        Neil Kinnock was appointed as a commissioner by the British Government. Glenys Kinnock was elected as an MEP. The amounts that totalled the £7m (or whatever figure it was) were salaries, expenses, pension contributions over a period of some 15 years, and whilst the amounts seem large there have been no suggestions of impropriety on behalf of the Kinnocks. The allegations against UKIP may indeed by untrue. If so it is a simple matter for UKIP to refute them. They have not done this, so we are left to draw our own conclusions.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Kinnock..instrumental in finishing off Marta Andreasen. Think thats when we got the first inkling of accounting errors in the EU. She, consequently, refused to sign off the 2001 European Commission accounts.

        Refusing sign off has been regular ever since…well, partial sign offs with large sums of money lost…somewhere/somehow. Move along, nothing to see here?

        Hope Ted Malloch gets the opportunity to tame their sh*t!

  6. Kevan Chippindall-Higgin says:

    What about the public money the EU has failed to account for? Over the last 25 years, it has never had a truly clean set of accounts signed off. For very many years, the EU could not find anybody brave enough to sign its accounts and when it appointed a Chief Accountant, Marta Andriessen, to sort everything out, it then obstructed her at every turn before driving her out. The accounts were so bad that opening and closing balances were different due to write offs.

    The EU was not using double entry book keeping and the Commission could not see what the Directorate Generals had done with the money because there was no mechanism for the DGs to hand back or account for any change. The software to make this happen was bought and paid for, but Andriessen was blocked from rolling it out and thus ensuring proper accounting was in place. Thus it was that hundreds of millions of euros simply vanished without a trace.

    Latterly, my understanding is that the EU accounts have been reluctantly signed off. The comments do not suggest that the accounts represent a full and fair account of financial activity but rather this will have to do, inadequate as it is.

    Of course, we can do nothing about this because swathes of the EU is immune from prosecution, including europol.

  7. davidbuckingham says:

    Good Luck Roger! We live in interesting times. Hysterical and slanderous tiny minorities rule. But there’s still a residual rational humane majority which is rising up to the surface more and more.

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  9. Ex-expat Colin says:

    4th Reich still going on good:

    How come we can’t ? And likely another 2 years on or so to discover we still can’t.

  10. mike5262015 says:

    Nice one Roger ! Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but it is clear that the first year E.U. accounts were not signed off within the stated time frame, our contributions should have been with-held and advice given that the money is available when the E.U. has corrected its financial standing. Now we are stuck with underhand mud slinging, black propaganda, and tales told that could fall into a box labeled slander or libel. Up until now, I had thought that the E.U. going down the pan was wishful thinking by Nigel Farage and UKIPs band of brothers, but with it being built on so many lies, and with so many hands in the till, it seems to be a certainty. Although I wont be holding my breath, I hope that Maggie May and her team receives a total no from the E.U. on all items of negotiation, leaving her with no choice but to totally leave this mess of a swamp. How the hell there are still MPs, ( Just over 100 by the look of the recent vote ), that want to keep sucking on the E.Us teat, I will never understand, and can only hope that at the next election they will all have to find other work to do.

  11. George Morley says:

    catalanbrian , When did they have the full audit that Margaret Thatcher called for ?

    • catalanbrian says:

      And what has that got to do with the price of fish?

      • mike5262015 says:

        Thanks Brian. You just reminded me that we want our fishing waters back.

      • catalanbrian says:

        As it so happens the UK is allocated by the EU a much larger proportion of the Fishing waters than it warrants, but then why would you Kippers let the facts get in the way of your poisonous arguments. Further, your mate Farage was clearly really interested in the matters of fishing as he was on the EU fishing committee and only turned up for one of a potential 42 (I think) meetings.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        No evidence on fishery allocations from you…you remain a liar. Nobody goes to meetings that are continual arse licking ceremonies…large ones!

      • catalanbrian says:

        Don’t call me a liar. The only people who call others liars are those despicable creatures who themselves are often strangers to the truth.

        Currently the UK has some 30% of the fish quota (the second largest of all EU members) and the waters around the UK make up roughly 13% of the total EU waters.

        As far as attending meetings is concerned Farage is a charlatan who did not bother to attend because he was too busy wasting time in doing other things, whilst still accepting large payments from the EU. You are clearly one of those fools who has been taken in.

      • George Morley says:

        I figured that you would side-step that ! Typical. Your answer is as good as Merkel’s face is beautiful !

      • catalanbrian says:

        That remark regarding Merkel is unnecessary and does rather to indicate your grasp of the matter.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        You don’t like to be labelled do you…yet, you lash out always. Try showing accessible evidence of what you accuse Mr Farage of and the fishery stuff you spout. Or better…shut up!

      • catalanbrian says:

        Your problem is that you do not like the truth.

    • mike5262015 says:

      Although it would be possible to conduct a full audit, George, the cash difference of that to the accounts that are not signed off would make even more problems for the E.U. Changing the subject entirely, have you noticed the silence from the Mafia over the last few years ? Usually silence from them concludes their total happiness. Strange !

  12. KennieD says:

    the point that you miss and one which helped sway the Leave vote is …the EU should not be in a position of ‘allocating’ our territorial waters. People voted to reclaim their sovereignty of their areas, which includes surrounding waters.

    • George Morley says:

      And I don’t see the financial advantage of being a member of the EU to that of being outside and free to trade wherever as we did before with figures being quoted.
      How many fisherman are there still working in Grimsby ?

  13. KennieD says:

    Haven’t noticed much coming from Brussels regarding corruption in one of their member states, that pinnacle of democracy, Romania.
    By the by, would you like Nigel Farage to pop over to Barcelona just to help out with the independence movement?

    See 2 items below. Just thought they might cheer you up.

    Your daily round up of insight, analysis, ideas and commentary from Reaction View on Web
    6 February 2017

    When it comes to political corruption, there is rarely any headline-making good news. If corruption is a problem, it is sometimes reported, though often it is ignored or brushed under the carpet; if it isn’t, it’s a non-story. That’s why the success this weekend of protestors in Romania is so meaningful. After nearly a week of demonstrations, Romania’s left-wing government has revoked a decree passed last Tuesday that would have decriminalised some forms of political corruption. In particular, the decree, justified by the decidedly weak argument that Romania needed to reduce its prison population, would have scrapped penalties for abuse of power offences involving less than €44,000 (£38,000). Conveniently, the leader of the ruling party, Liviu Dragnea, is charged with a public fraud claim of €24,000. Passing the decree would not only block criminal charges against Dragnea, who received a two-year suspended sentence for vote rigging, but could potentially remove the ban on him serving as prime minister.

    Romanians were not happy about their government effectively green-lighting officials to abuse their power at the cost of the state, so they took to the streets. On Sunday, the government gave in, but that didn’t stop 500,000 people (that’s approximately the size of the crowd estimated at Donald Trump’s inauguration) from rallying in Bucharest and elsewhere, both in celebration of the government’s reversal and as a warning to officials not to try this again. Protestors are still worried that the government will try to force a revised version of the bill through parliament, and have called on the prime minister to resign. But for now, it is a victory.

    On the other side of Europe, another battle is about to start that pits a national government against a popular uprising. Artur Mas, the former president of the Spanish region of Catalonia, is on trial for “civil disobedience” for holding a symbolic independence referendum in 2014. Just under half of eligible voters took part in the non-binding referendum, but 80 percent of those voted for independence. Rather than addressing this sentiment, the Spanish government is prosecuting Mas and other officials – if convicted, they could face a ten-year ban on holding public office. Mas, who calls the referendum “a lesson in democracy”, believes the widely-publicised trial could strengthen support for Catalan independence. A second non-binding referendum is planned for September this year

  14. Richard111 says:

    Here is the real world government and I am not talking about the USA alone. What this article is pointing out applies to the EU and the UK and I suspect, the media, especially the BBC.

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