Sunday, February 25, 2007

EU Referendum and quote attribution

Now, I like to think that we try to obey netiquette in this here blogosphere; the rules are fairly well-known, if unwritten, but one of those rules is that quotes are acknowledged as such. To do otherwise is to essentially plagiarise, a practice frowned upon even outwith the Fifth Estate.

Reading EU Referendum of late, I seem to have been getting severe deja vu. And... Well, EU Referendum have written a post on the subject of Tom Wise, UKIP MEP. Leaving aside the story itself (which I know a bit about but not enough to speak with any authority), perhaps you'd like to do a compare and contrast on a few paragraphs (none of which are attributed as quotes)...

Daniel Foggo in The Times:
Wise’s method was simple. He supplied the EU payments office with a contract, obtained by The Sunday Times, which included Jenkins’s name and details and stipulated that she apparently wanted her money to be paid into her account, entitled “Stags”.

In fact, this account, the full name of which was “T Wise trading as Stags”, was a business account run by the MEP himself.

EU Referendum:
Wise's method was simple. He supplied the EU payments office with a contract, obtained by The Sunday Times, which included Jenkins's name and details and stipulated that she apparently wanted her money to be paid into her account, entitled "Stags". In fact, this account, the full name of which was "T Wise trading as Stags", was a business account run by the MEP himself.

Daniel Foggo:
From November 2004 until October 2005 he funnelled £39,100 of taxpayers’ money into his own account with the Cooperative Bank from which he paid Jenkins just £13,555, according to bank statements obtained by The Sunday Times. They show that the only money coming into the account was from the EU, ostensibly for Jenkins.

EU Referendum:
From November 2004 until October 2005 he funnelled £39,100 of taxpayers' money into his own account with the Cooperative Bank from which he paid Jenkins just £13,555.

Bank statements obtained by Foggo show that the only money coming into the account was from the EU, ostensibly for Jenkins.

Daniel Foggo:
In another breach of the EU rules, some of the £13,555 paid to her was actually for work done on behalf of other party members, including the UKIP leader Nigel Farage who had agreed to fund the publication of a Eurosceptic book written by Jenkins.

EU Referendum:
But the breach of rules did not stop there. Some of the £13,555 paid to her was actually for work done on behalf of other party members, including UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who had agreed to fund the publication of a book written by Jenkins.

Daniel Foggo:
During the same timespan, more than £19,000 of the money was steadily paid out from Wise’s account to other destinations, some of them apparently credit cards. One disbursement alone, made via a transfer to somebody other than Jenkins, was for £6,500.

EU Referendum:
Then, during the same timespan, more than £19,000 of the money was steadily paid out from Wise's account to other destinations, some of them apparently credit cards. One disbursement alone, made via a transfer to somebody other than Jenkins, was for £6,500.

Daniel Foggo:
The party has been paying its regional organisers by designating them “advisers” and “assistants” to its 10 MEPs, thereby allowing them to draw salaries of up to £40,000 a year from the EU, while they do their actual jobs “in their spare time”.

EU Referendum:
... the Party has been paying its regional organisers by designating them "advisers" and "assistants" to its 10 MEPs. By using this ploy, salaries of up to £40,000 a year have been paid from the MEPs' EU expenses, relying on the further fiction that they do their actual jobs "in their spare time".

Daniel Foggo:
Further details are set to be exposed because Denis Brookes, one of the party’s former officials, issued industrial tribunal proceedings against Mike Nat-trass, the party’s MEP for the West Midlands region.

It is understood that Brookes has stated in his claim for unfair dismissal that he was being paid to do one job while actually employed to do another one entirely, so that the party could secure EU funding for him.

EU Referendum:
Further details are set to be exposed because Denis Brookes, one of the party's former officials, issued industrial tribunal proceedings against Mike Nattrass, the party's MEP for the West Midlands region (pictured). It is understood that Brookes has stated in his claim for unfair dismissal that he was being paid to do one job while actually employed to do another one entirely, so that the party could secure EU funding for him.

Now, I am not saying that Richard North has actually plagiarised Daniel Foggo's article (would I do that?) but I am saying that, in any real test of plagiarism, altering a word here and there wouldn't get you off. Unless, of course, Dr North is entirely permitted to use Foggo's words because they are, in fact, his?

In any case Dr North should declare his interest: Dr North was employed as a researcher for UKIP, and was sacked for failing to turn up for work.

UPDATE: Nosemonkey weighs in, in typically measured yet scathing style. I particularly enjoyed NM's reference to the military hardware pictures...
... which North then verbally masturbates over like a cross between a caged monkey and the most deranged characature of a right-wing militaristic maniac since Dr Strangelove’s General Ripper.

It should be pointed out that this one example that I picked out is far from being the first example that a noticed, and I'm sure that it won't be the last.

UPDATE 2: Iain Dale suspects that it is collaboration between Foggo and North; in which case, as I said, anyone with integrity would declare their interest.
Whatever the truth of it is, the whole saga hardly paints UKIP in a very positive light.

This is true, although a good deal of it is old news and baseless. However, UKIP will be making a statement in the next 24 hours or so which I shall relay here. You can also tune in to see your humble Devil on 18DoughtyStreet from 9pm tomorrow, when I imagine that some of this stuff with come up.

10 comments:

Richard said...

So this is the latest "explanation" for Farage's behaviour is it? Best one yet.

He must really be struggling if that is what he is relying on now>

But hey! If you're leader of UKIP, I suppose any lies will do, no matter how implausible.

Devil's Kitchen said...

No, this is not the latest explanation for anyone's behaviour: it is pointing out that a certain blogger is not following the rules.

I shall report further on this when I know about it.

DK

Anonymous said...

I think Daniel Foggo's article seems to knock nail on the head. If there are financial irregularities within the UKIP they need to be rooted out, as it would be hypocritical in view of their attacks on the EU 'gravy train'.

If the UKIP are unable to be trusted to deal with corrupt party members, then they are no different to Nu Labour. It is important that they 'don't close ranks'.

I suspect Richard North has a very good understanding of the inner workings of the UKIP. Daniel Foggo wrote a good article, what more is there to say?

Mr Eugenides said...

You'd have thought he could write his own posts and not copy them from the morning paper.

On a point of accuracy, I was under the impression that Dr North resigned from his post, rather that being fired. Willing to be corrected, of course, but I recall reading a resignation letter in which he said he was sick of having to put a pissed Farage into taxis all the time.

Allegedly...

Devil's Kitchen said...

Hmmm, that most definitely doesn't tally with what I heard, i.e. that North spent all of his time as a researcher writing The Great Deception.

I'm sure the fact that it was apparently Farage who sacked him has no bearing on a gentleman as honourable as Dr North...

DK

Anonymous said...

I think with North, it's a case of Hell hath no fury like a former employee sacked.

Mr Eugenides said...

He may well have jumped before he was pushed; I don't really know anything about it.

North was, however, quoted as saying the following;

"I am not and was not prepared to be a bag-carrier. Nor would I fetch and carry for Farage, or write his letters, or be available to pour him into a taxi when he was so blind drunk that he could no longer stand, or cover for him when he failed to turn up for morning appointments because he had been out on the tiles all night long. I am almost old enough to be his father, but I am not in the business of being his nanny. I am a professional researcher and that, in my mind, was what I was employed to do."

I hope you'll forgive me for finding it all a wee bit amusing...

GCooper said...

There may, or may not, be financial shenanigans taking place at the UKIP. It wouldn't surprise me if there were. However, this sudden concentration on the affairs UKIP is suspicious at best - particularly when it appears in the two leading 'Conservative' Sundays, just as Cameron has taken damaging blows from high-profile defectors.

This campaign stinks and it reflects particularly badly on the Sunday Telegraph, whose cloying support for the boy wonder has grown more schoolgirlish with every passing week. The whole thing screams of a smear campaign, orchestrated by scared Tories and lapped-up by the wets at the Telegraph and Murdoch's lackeys at the Times. What a good thing both rags are speeding downhill to irrelevance, now that there's a blogosphere to balance this sort of cheap, partisan rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Many of us who worked for UKIP when all was hopeless, who worked in teams of one to bring UKIP into the foreground of British politics, those who walked for miles stayed up all hours for little or no thanks, those who put their families aside to get a UKIP representative into the heart of the monster expect far better than this. Many of us have stood on an anti EU corruption platform only to find that those whom we placed our trust in are no better than those we sent them to defeat.

If it isn't Farages' sexual perversions or diverting party funds you can bet your ass there's more going on than this.

They have all gone native and if UKIPs management can betray the trust of all those who worked to get them into well paid comfortable jobs with such low regard then they do not deserve any more support.

For this reason alone I hope UKIP chokes so that its activists can better invest their efforts elsewhere.

ghost of john trenchard said...

well the alternative is guns. we irish did it in the 1920s when the British Empire over-ruled our democratic mandate in 1918 for independence.

will the English do it? i think not. its not in their nature - they'd rather emigrate to Australia.

and therein lies the crux of the matter. the people that would vote UKIP normally, are leaving the country, in droves. if you fast forward 20 years, you'll be left with a socialistic rump of a nation, with sharia law being introduced in places like Bradford.

i just think the fight has gone out of the British. empire and WW2 has exhausted the national identity.