Wednesday, September 19

More UKIP spinning on Mote

Not too surprisingly, the England Expects blog has set forth its own spin on Ashley Mote's recent imprisonment. This is unsurprising since England Expects is run by Gawain Towler, UKIPs urbane press officer in the European Parliament. In this case Gawain is spinning so hard that Monty Panesar is worrying about his place in the England team

: "the British courts have been trying to try the man for years, but the EU institutions allowed him to play the system."

However, Gawain is batting on a very sticky wicket here (as usual). On receiving the request to waiver Mr. Mote's immunity it took the European Parliament four months to waiver it. From that point on it was the British Courts' responsibility to imprison him; they did not. This eventually resulted in Mr. Mote's appeal against the waiver in 2007 - which the European Parliament denied in two months. But had the British Courts imprisoned him the first time around it would have never got to that stage.

So, he "played" the EU system for 6 months in total; whereas he played the British Courts for over three years.

Unfortunately for UKIP, Ashley Mote will not lose his seat and will keep his salary despite going to the slammer for nine months, allowing other parties to continue shaming UKIP for selecting him as one of their leading candidates. This is, much as UKIP would like to pretend otherwise, because of British law. MEP employment conditions are governed by whichever EU state they are elected in.

However, as Private Eye pointed out, if Mote were French then he would no longer be an MEP. French fascist Jean Marie Le-Pen got a three month suspended sentence for assault back in 1998 and had to give up his seat. Hmmnn maybe UKIP and the UK could learn something these foreigners…..

1 comment:

Elaib said...

Urbane indeed... you are so kind

On receiving the request to waiver Mr. Mote's immunity it took the European Parliament four months to waiver it. From that point on it was the British Courts' responsibility to imprison him; they did not.

Oh but they did, under his EU sanctioned annonymity, then then Mr V turned up at the Court in Chichester last year, to announce that they did not have the right to try him, as he had, only a day or so before hand applied to the ECJ to overturn the Parliament's decision.

When that procedure was thrown out, he waited until the UK Courts had set up another trail date, and sure enough he applied through the Parliament for immunity from prosecution again.

By this time - though by now two and a half years had been wasted through Mr Mote's ability to play the EU system, - and to the credit of the European parliament's planning services - in particular the Legal Affairs Committee secretariat, they were able to force through the procedure in double quick time, finally allowing Mr Mote his day in court and her majesty to detain him at her pleasure.

Of course all this delay allowed his brief to point out how hard he had been working in the meantime, a mitigation that the judge used to cut the sentance to under the 1 year 1 day required for him to lose his seat. The other mitigating factor mentioned by the judge in his summing up was "prison overcrowding".

Nice one HMG.