Saturday, September 10

Irony as UKIP receive EU cash

UKIP this week received €250,000 (£170,000) of taxpayers money to help it campaign against Britain's membership of the EU.
UKIP, which has ten MEPs, received the money from a fund for providing “information” to the public, which is given to all EU political groups.
UKIP, which has accused the EU of spending public funds to promote European integration, will use the money to begin a campaign for a referendum to quit the EU.
The "Let the people decide campaign" will start on Monday with a series of advertisements in national newspapers, and a website.
It is thought to be the first time that EU money has been used to push for withdrawal from the union
UKIP's grant was met with outrage from Labour MEPs,who branded it a a “disgraceful abuse of European taxpayers’ money.”
Gary Titley, the Labour leader in the European Parliament,said: “This fund was originally intended for the dissemination of information, rather than for political campaigning. I would seriously question whether this is an appropriate use of Parliamentary money.”
UKIPs leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage hit back saying: “It is a perfectly valid use of the money — we are delighted with the irony of the situation. I did not hear complaints from Mr Titley when his own group spent their information budget interfering in the referendums in Ireland, Denmark, France, Holland and Malta. All we are doing is a little to redress the balance."
UKIP decided to campaign for a referendum after the government dropped plans for a poll on the European constitution after the French and Dutch no votes. They hope to collect two million signatures, in a petition as part of their campaign to push for British withdrawal from the EU.

Source: The Times, Sept 10th 2005

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, thats a kick in the teeth, isnt it ;)

Thibault LEFEVRE said...

Regarding their LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE campaign, the UKIP now look on their defense line.
This ONE-ISSUE party, which scored 16.2% of the votes at the 2004 European elections winning 4 seats, dropped down to a bit more than 2% of the votes at the last general elections.
They know that New Labour, whose mainstream is pro-EU, is in power for the next five years.This campaign seems to be their last resort to desperately get the UK to leave the EU. Although the mainstream of the Liberal Democrats party is the same and the Tory Party's one is to remain in the EU but to renegotiate a lot of EU policies (repatriating the common fishery policy at the national level...), some members of these three main parties want to leave the EU.
These people from different parties wanting to leave the EU are the ones the UKIP want to join their petition for a national referendum.
Let's suppose this UKIP's petition enables the referendum to take place, and let's suppose they win it. The UK will then leave the EU, which is what they desperately want. If this happens, the UKIP will have no more reason to remain as this party, unlike the other ones, does not present any complete program but just LEAVING THE EU. Maybe their only issue which enables them to remain as the UK INDEPENCE party is to prevent the UK from going back into the EU (only joking). By launching this campaign, whose object is their only policy, they are turning their party into just a "campaign" and should recall themselves the UKIC (UKICampaign). This is what this party has looked like from the start. On their website there are no program offered but just accusations towards the EU and "resons" to leave it. Especially this time they are launching it with "another" campaign: INDEPENDENT AND DEMOCRACY GROUP, which help them fund this campaign.

Thibault LEFEVRE said...

Regarding their LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE campaign they are launching only because they lost the last general elections, the UKIP now look on their defense line.
This ONE-ISSUE party, which scored 16.2% of the votes at the 2004 European elections winning 4 seats, dropped down to a bit more than 2% of the votes at the last general elections.
They know that New Labour, whose mainstream is pro-EU, is in power for the next five years.This campaign seems to be their last resort to desperately get the UK to leave the EU. Although the mainstream of the Liberal Democrats party is the same and the Tory Party's one is to remain in the EU but to renegotiate a lot of EU policies (repatriating the common fishery policy at the national level...), some members of these three main parties want to leave the EU.
These people from different parties wanting to leave the EU are the ones the UKIP want to join their petition for a national referendum.
Let's suppose this UKIP's petition enables the referendum to take place, and let's suppose they win it. The UK will then leave the EU, which is what they desperately want. If this happens, the UKIP will have no more reason to remain as this party, unlike the other ones, does not present any complete program but just LEAVING THE EU. Maybe their only issue which enables them to remain as the UK INDEPENCE party is to prevent the UK from going back into the EU (only joking). By launching this campaign, whose object is their only policy, they are turning their party into just a "campaign" and should recall themselves the UKIC (UKICampaign). This is what this party has looked like from the start. On their website there are no program offered but just accusations towards the EU and "resons" to leave it. Especially this time they are launching it with "another" campaign: INDEPENDENT AND DEMOCRACY GROUP, which help them fund this campaign.