Mr Farage has joined the ranks of other British MEPs already identified in the scandal, named as Tories Daniel Hannan and Timothy Kirkhope, Labour’s Glenys Kinnock, the Lib-Dem Andrew Duff and, of course, the already jailed UKIP MEP Tom Wise.
Nick Griffin MEP sent Mr Farage a letter of demand through the European parliamentary postal system yesterday, asking the UKIP leader in Brussels to show some moral fibre and withdraw from the disgraceful scheme which forces taxpayers to contribute twice as much as that which MEPs pay.
To make the scandal even worse, the MEPs can charge their contribution to their parliamentary expenses bill, meaning that they can draw a pension without paying a penny in at all.
“Following on from the revelation that you removed over £2 million in expenses and allowances from the EU Parliament over 10 years, your name has now been included in the latest pensions’ scandal,” Mr Griffin wrote to Mr Farage.
“According to reports, the taxpayer contributes two euros for each euro paid by the recipient, with the MEPs’ personal contributions coming not from their salary but taken automatically from office expenses,” Mr Griffin wrote.
“New Europe magazine states that MEPs ‘are supposed to reimburse this account but there are no checks and balances’.
“In 1997, the Dutch Parliament stated the fund was ‘morally objectionable’ and that it allowed MEPs to ‘get rich by milking the taxpayer’.
“In April 2007, MEPs voted to keep secret the list of names of those MEPs who benefit from the fund. The December 2007 list of MEPs in the scheme is now in the public domain, thanks to German investigative journalist Hans-Martin Tillack.
“Your name is included amongst some of the most loathed of Europhiles and MEPs, including European Commissioner Antonio Tajani of Italy; French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner; former Belgian PM Wilfried Martens, who heads the European People’s Party, which rules the Parliament; another former Parliament president, Pat Cox; Umberto Bossi, Italian Minister of Federal Reforms; and former French PM Michel Rocard; jailed ex MEP Tom Wise; Glenys Kinnock (S&D); Timothy Kirkhope (ECR); Andrew Duff (ALDE); Rumiana Jeleva (EPP) and Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Green).
“Please will you confirm:
“1. That you have reimbursed your office expenses’ account.
“2. That you will withdraw from this pension scheme which milks taxpayers’ funds.
“3. That you will lead by example and condemn this monstrous waste of taxpayers’ monies,” Mr Griffin concluded.