All of Westminster’s dirty secrets are continuing to flood out. The penny has most certainly droppped here in Britain that transparency and honesty about how taxpayers’ money is spent is the only answer. But has the euro dropped on the issue of MEPs’ expenses?
Well, the BBC’s Daily Politics show has turned its attention to the EU expenses system. “Shouldn’t it be the case that anyone seeking our vote for re-election for the European Parliament should publish their expenses for the last four years” was the very straightforward question posed to a number of MPs in the studio. None was able to give a direct answer.
The programme also surveyed all seven parties in Britain with MEPs to ask for their policies on expenses - and to ask whether they are going to make public all expenses that their MEPs have claimed since 2004. The response they received is far from convincing…
And, last but by no means least, UKIP. As a small party, they claim they have “neither the time nor the resources” to show the British public how they are spending their share of that £40 million daily bill that they are always going on about. How they can reconcile this lack of transparency with their constant attacks on the Parliament’s expenses system is anybody’s guess.
Meanwhile, Libertas has created the above video to attack the party’s “UKIP-ocrisy”, accusing them of “going native” and having “become the problem”.
“During the past European parliamentary term, a full quarter—25%—of UKIP MEPs were either convicted of fraud, expelled for the same reason, or resigned in disgrace,” they say.