You would have thought that with events in Ukraine still unfolding by the day, with a Malaysian passenger aircraft still unaccounted for; and with the Pistorius trial still gripping South African audiences, there was more than enough proper "news" about to keep everyone satisfied, but apparently not. True to form the British media have reverted to the old favourite of endlessly repeating a piece of 'tittle-tattle', or unfounded gossip offered up by a former UKIP MEP, in the person of Nikki Sinclair, who used European parliamentary privilege to accuse the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, of not only having an affair with one of his co-workers, but also of having the temerity to use European taxpayer's funds to pay both his reputed mistress and his German wife, to carry out office work on his behalf. Wow!! Hold the presses, we have a world exclusive!
Of course one's immediate response to such a shocking revelation, were it to be actually true, although the fact that the MEP in question was careful enough to use parliamentary privilege to protect herself speaks volumes, would be, so f*cking what? Who cares? After all, it's not as if extra-marital affairs, or gay relationships, or even paedophilia is a shock to the general public anymore, especially if they involve members of that supposedly honourable palace in Westminster. Unless of course, the shocking revelation part was that Mr Farage was paying his wife; and possibly someone that he probably didn't have an affair with, out of public funds?
It is interesting though that the sanctimonious gutter trash that represent our country's mainstream media today, haven't thought to mention the approximately 150 British MP's who are reported to employ relatives in their own parliamentary offices, as part of the £98.1 million that our own national politician's leeched out of the public purse for their expenses in 2012. Somehow I don't remember Nigel Farage giving the British public a John Major type promise, the sort of back to basics sermon that very quickly unravelled, even more so, when it transpired that he'd been playing away with Edwina Curry, under poor old Norma's nose. It's the very nature of Farage that appeals to certain sections of the wider electorate, the fag smoking, beer swilling, blokiness that people can relate to, so what if he did, or didn't get his "leg over" with one of his assistants, or would that one bad habit too far?
Surely we should all be far more bothered by the sheer public deceit, dishonesty and disrepute that has been heaped on the British parliamentary system by the three main party leaders in Westminster, rather than worrying about British MEP's recovering some of our own monies from the international tragedy that is the European Union. Today, instead of having two cast-iron guarantees from the Labour and the Conservative leadership's on any future EU referendum, both have been very careful to couch their language in such a way, so that they've ruled nothing in and ruled nothing out, confusing the issue even further. Mr Cameron has definitely promised an In/Out referendum in 2017, but only after he's tried renegotiating the terms of our membership, but has also been reported as saying that he'll never freely agree to leave the EU. So that's an In/Out referendum, just so long as the resulting decision is In.
For his part Mr Miliband, has absolutely ruled our a public referendum on the subject, simply because he'll make sure that there are no substantive changes to the existing EU treaties that would cause a public plebiscite to be held. However, in the event that circumstances change unexpectedly and he was forced to offer the British people a choice, then he probably would, although he'd probably support staying in. So that's no In/Out referendum under a future Labour administration, but if there was one, Mr Miliband would probably have to see which way the political winds were blowing before finally making his own mind up.
What is particularly amusing about these events, is that some of the media, most notably the Financial Times, seems to think that Mr Miliband's strategy over Europe and the question of a referendum is so much better than David Cameron's! They accuse UKIP of creating uncertainty, when they offer a straight Out proposition, but seem to think that the Labour and the Conservative Party's constant dithering over the issue, shall we, shan't we, offers a greater degree of certainty to business owners and foreign investors. Talk about utterly bizarre!