Tuesday, June 02, 2009

MEP expenses - Greens rule, Ukip drool

OpenEurope is a think tank calling for reform of European institutions. it has published an important league table of MEP performance here: http://www.openeurope.org.uk
MEPs were ranked on transparency, openness, democracy, fighting waste and misuse of EU funds. (http://www.openeurope.org.uk/research/rankingguide.pdf/ )
From the data for some of the UK parties - Green, Con, Lab, LibDem and UKIP – I have calculated the average position for each. The lower the score, the better the political group has performed.
And the results are:
Greens – 51 (best performance)
LibDem - 116
Conservatives 152
Labour 205
UKIP 343 (worst performance)

This survey is vitally important for the electorate. People are understandably angry with the three Westminster parties, and at the moment, due to deficient information, UKIP is the one of the main beneficiaries of the disaffection. This research shows that to vote UKIP in protest at MP expenses scandals is to jump from the Westminster frying pan into the Brussels fire.


Green Curmudgeon said...

There's a certain insalubrious air surrounding UKIP; you would think that being opposed to the EU, they would be bound by principle to not take any of its "filthy lucre" or assume any of its trappings. Yet, here we are.

Anonymous said...

Especially here in the South West. Both our current UKIP MEPs are in the bottom 10 of the 64 English members, and so is Giles Chichester, who heads the Tory list this time. Remember? Cameron appointed him the party 'sleazebuster' in Europe, until he himself was found to be a bit dodgy

Peter Barnett said...

Here's an excellent piece on the true face of UKIP: