In an attempt to emulate his childhood hero, it seems Nigel Farage may have got his wires crossed and his finances in a pickle. Mistaking the Danish IND/DEM President for the British spy, it seems Nigel followed in the footsteps of the wrong Bond!
Both the leader and President of the IND/DEM Group, Nigel Farage and Jens Bonde, are currently being investigated by the legal service of the Court of Auditors. EUobserver.com, "a website for the latest EU news", is funded by the IND/DEM Group. Both Bonde and Farage are facing financial liabilities should this investigation reveal that cross subsidies have breached EU financial rules.
EUobserver.com is being accused of using C Grade Parliament staff, European Parliament offices and other such benefits to run the website. The current editor of the website, Lisbeth Kirk, however refuses to accept these accusations. "EUobserver.com has own staff paid by our own incomes who also make part of the work. The cooperation is mentioned at the EUobserver website under the heading press review." Of course she would deny all; she's married to Jens Bonde MEP!
EU Reporter (13-24 March 2006), an Independent newspaper NOT funded by public institutions, revealed that having visited the website it stated that "EUobserver.com is an independent website published by EUobserver.com ASBL". UKIPWatch can now reveal that the editors are now covering their back with the statement "The Press Review is produced in co-operation with the IND/Dem Group in the European Parliament."
After weeks of backbiting and bitterness towards the Labour Party and the 'Cash for Honours' story it seems UKIP leaders are not so squeaky clean themselves. If the investigation proves that the website is breaching rules the IND/DEM could be losing both friends and finances!