After the downfall of British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron … and Conservative wannabe Prime Minister Boris Johnson … and of Blairite Hilary Benn … now this.
From Left Foot Forward in Britain today:
Nigel Farage resigns – but will keep taking £76,000 from the taxpayer
UKIP leader says he’s no career politician. So why stay on as an MEP?
by Adam Barnett
‘I have never been, and I have never wanted to be, a career politician.’
For one thing, he’s been an MEP since 1999, after becoming UKIP party chairman the year before. Seventeen-plus years in post looks a lot like a career to most people.
But there’s more. Farage said he and other Ukippers will stay on as members of the European Parliament until Britain formally leaves the EU, which he says could be around two years.
In other words, he intends to keep picking up the juicy salary of being in a job he doesn’t think should exist, for a party he no longer wants to lead, having essentially given up on full-time politics.
That salary amounts to at least £76,000 – nearly three times the UK average – plus around £40,000 in expenses.
Some ‘man of the people‘!
Meanwhile, Farage has the second worst voting attendance of any MEP, turning up for only 40 per cent of votes on the EU laws he claims to oppose.
So he picks up the check, but skips out the work.
Has there ever been a more hypocritical political figure in British public life?
There have been, and are, many hypocrites in British politics. Farage is definitely one of the worst. Still, I’d say, Tony Blair beats him. With his lies on non-existing WMDs in Iraq; and on the non-existent Iraq-9/11 atrocity connection. When these lies were found out to be indeed lies, Tony Blair justified the Iraq war by claiming to be against dictatorship in the Middle East. However, now he supports many dictators inside and outside of the Middle East.