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PostMarta Andreasen; Neil and Christine Hamilton (John Heelan, -UK, 03/03/13 3:26 pm)
Nigel Jones regards Marta Andreassen as a "flake" (3 March). He might be correct in his estimation, as I do not know the background. Nigel was also correct when he said (2 March) that UKIP would not exist without Nigel Farage. This is true because Farage, as he boasted to the Foreign Press Association (24 May 2009), promoted UKIP's "get UK out of Europe" message while receiving £2 million in expenses as an MEP in Brussels. (One has to admire his chutzpah!)
However I would be interested in Nigel's views on the faintly comedic husband/wife team--the Hamiltons--that has been promoting UKIP, not only in Eastleigh but also on a flagship BBC current affairs programme. Neil Hamilton was implicated as a Conservative MP and Minister in the 1994 "Cash for Questions" scandal in the House of Commons. A parliamentary report (the Downey Report) cleared Hamilton of taking bribes, but it did find "compelling evidence" of his receiving cash and benefits as well as misleading the President of the Board of Trade. Appeals to the Courts eventually led to his bankruptcy and resignation from active politics (then).
Subsequently, the Hamiltons appeared on sundry "celebrity" television shows and in pantomime. The formidable distaff side of the partnership, Christine, even appeared in a jungle-based reality TV programme in which she and the other "competitors" were asked to perform gruesome tasks.
While the pair are obviously adept at self-promotion, one wonders at UKIP's PR strategy in welcoming such potential "flakes" to represent its policies. Perhaps it is another example of Farage's chutzpah?
JE comments: Farage claimed that the £2 million in expenses were used to promote the UKIP political agenda at home. That is an awful lot of money for travel and office supplies, although Farage is probably unapologetic about accepting EU largesse to undermine it from within.