UKIP MEPs use the European Parliament as a platform to advocate British withdrawal from the EU. MEPs of the LibLabCon use it as a cash-cow to milk the taxpayer and assent to give more power to the EU, writes John Tennant, MEP assistant seeking MEP candidature for England North East.
•UKIP produces a party political broadcast attacking the Labour Party for ignoring the concerns of the British working class and lo and behold a big article appears over the pages of the Daily Mirror attacking UKIP. Miracles never cease.
The Labour affiliated newspaper takes up the attendance records of UKIP MEPs without any context or explanation.
Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall are leader and deputy leader of UKIP respectively. They spend a huge amount of time speaking in public meetings up and down the country as well as attending Party meetings on a frequent basis. UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom like the two leaders also spends much time speaking at universities, sixth form colleges, chambers of commerce and countrywomen's associations.
UKIP MEPs are among the hardest working in the country. Nigel Farage regularly has 18 hour working days - debates, public meetings, TV and radio appearances take time and preparation. That is what UKIP MEPs are up to.
This is often the way for the leaders of political parties. In the 2012-2013 session in the House of Commons, when Speaker John Bercow spoke on 140 days, Cameron and Miliband spoke 39 days and Clegg just 15.
UKIP as a party works for British withdrawal from the EU. The party does not wish to help the EU work or get better. The party campaigns to get out of the EU and has been very affective in making that argument in the public square. That is the reason they are attacked.
Some UKIP MEPs, like Farage, Nuttall and Bloom elect to forego as they see it, beating their head against a brick wall in an EU committee where they are consistently outvoted, and instead devote their time and energy to matters at home. In the process they save the taxpayer a fortune.
The other parties make sure their members attend and pick up an extra £260 per day for their presence.
David Martin is a Labour MEP you have probably never heard of. He has an attendance record of 95.44%. He has cost you a lot of money, but to what end?
Labour, Tories, Lib Dems are the most expensive MEPs in terms of the money they pick up. The Mirror article mentioned that pro-EU LibDems are the highest attendees. But that is at a high cost to the British taxpayer. They consistently attend, ramming through laws giving more power to the EU, of course never forgetting to take home an extra £260 per day for their trouble. Sometimes, it would appear there is a conflict of interest going on.
Chris Davies, who is well known for championing green energy solutions in his position as an MEP also has shares in a company (£12,500) called Green Energy, which is an electric supplier using methods including wind farms. Mr Davies was responsible for pushing through legislation that will put €3 billion into clean energy technologies and private sector investment across Europe. (See TheyLetYouDown.com)
In September 2010 the LibLabCon voted in the European Parliament to introduce a European financial authority. This new institution massively extends the ability of the undemocratic EU to dictate to and harm the City of London.
UKIP recently tabled an amendment at Plenary to repatriate control of British fisheries from the EU to the House of Commons. All LibLabCon parties voted against it. The European External Action Service costs the European taxpayer half a billion pounds per year. UKIP voted against it being set up, while the MEPs of the LibLabCon all voted in favour of it.
UKIP are different, we don't want the EU to work better, we simply want to extract ourselves from its grasp.
UKIP MEPs are essentially different from the europhile LibLabCon and have different priorities. UKIP MEPs use the European Parliament as a platform to advocate British withdrawal from the EU, MEPs of the LibLabCon use it as a cash-cow to milk the taxpayer and assent to give more power to the EU. Both groups are different in purpose and fact.
If one looks at the number of Youtube hits the MEPs in question have had, the divergence in success is quite astonishing.
In the last 8 months on her Youtube channel, Glenis Wilmott has had three videos which average 50 views. Her video in favour of Turkish accession to the EU had gone Labour viral and picked up 1006 views in five years. Impressive? If she had given a speech telling viewers how Labour MEPs voted to increase the EU budget she may have had even less views and zero complimentary comments.
Richard Ashworth who is quoted in the Mirror article has had two videos on the ConservativeMEPs channels of 54 and 35 views in the last 11 months. Abysmal.
There are many measures of success in political life, vote attendance is only one of them. No-one can deny that UKIP have been very successful in their campaign to change the debate about the EU in the United Kingdom. UKIP are different from the Establishment political class and take it as a badge of pride.