So much for the EU being corrupt. Ashley Mote, sometime UKIP MEP, but too nasty and dodgy even for them (hence his decision to sit in the EP with the Independence, Traditions and Sovereignty Group with people like the French Front National) has been jailed for 9 months for benefit fraud. News from the BBC about it here.
Never one to be a hypocrit, Mote has been banging on for years about how the EU is vile and corrupt and even tried to lobby the House of Lords about it. How he is supposed to represent his constituents from behind bars is anyone’s guess, but judging by how ineffective he (and indeed his former cronies in UKIP) has been in the European Parliament I don’t suppose anyone will notice the difference. Let’s hope the people of the South East have the good sense to not re-elect him in 2009.
For more amusing analysis of Mr Mote, have a read of Nosemonkey’s blog about him.
[UPDATE – 8.1.2008]
Since I wrote this post the ITS group of nasty right-wingers in the EP has split up. Does not stop Mr Mote being a thoroughly nasty individual though.