At the end of last year, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that UKIP MEPs were under investigation by the EU’s OLAF anti-fraud unit for allegedly fraudulent expense claims.
The article was originally dismissed as ‘fake news’ by many in the mainstream – until suddenly the UK and even international press ‘broke’ the same news more than a month later. A not uncommon pattern.
In July, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage devoted a portion of his show to complaining about £80,000 the EU had, ‘like people back in Stalin’s day‘, demanded he repay in expenses:
Mr Farage said that the EU had not bothered to contact him about this. However, in February 2017 he waved a note from the EU’s accounting department and claimed that it showed that the European Parliament agreed that his employment of assistants was ‘fair and reasonable’ – a claim on which the UKIP-supporting Daily Express immediately cast doubt:
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