UKIPwatcher is a little bemused by the latest pronouncements by one of UKIPs most able MEPs Tom Wise.
Mr Wise, lest we forget, is currently being investigated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) for allegedly siphoning £36,000 of public money into his own bank account while claiming it was for the salary of an assistant.
Not very Wise says that he expects to be cleared by OLAF despite admitting wrong-doing, saying "I handled funds I should not have handled, that I should not have been handling". Ah, but it's all ok, voters because - "then I put my hand up to it". Hmm….when is an admission of guilt not an admission of guilt?
Similar confusion continues to exist on Wise's status as a UKIP MEP - has he been suspended or not. Never fear, clarification is here. The UKIP spokesman said - "we have restored the whip in order that if has it we can discipline him. If he was outside it and OLAF ruled against him, we can not discipline him as far as we are aware as a UKIP MEP". Now that makes sense doesn't it………
A cynic might think that this is little more than sophistry. But then an honest party like UKIP would never resort to spinning would they? Oh.
Before being elected in 2004 Tom Wise was a policeman. Scary isn't it?