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
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.