Now Dan Hannan thinks that he has got news of the replacement.
I’ve just heard an intriguing rumour. Marta Andreasen, who was sacked as the EU’s chief accountant after exposing some dodgy accounting practices, has apparently agreed to become treasurer of UKIP.
If true, it’s a huge boost for the anti-Brussels party, which has been subjected to a series of allegations about its money over the past six months.
Indeed. As you will recall, Marta Andreasen (there are some great quotes there too) was brought into sort out the EU Commission's accounts. When she reported the extent of the possible fraud inherent in the accounting procedures—Master Hannan's "some dodgy accounting practices" translates into "10,000 possible cases of fraud in EU accounts" in 2002 alone—it was Neil Kinnock who had her suspended, and then sacked.
Lord Kinnock of Bedwetting was, you may recall, unfortunately absent—washing his cushion covers, or something—at the time that the House of Lords discussed his fucking corrupt and appalling behaviour.
Still, Marta Andreasen’s appointment ought to put an end to any suspicions. She is, like all whistleblowers, a person of huge integrity. A bit angular, sometimes, even prickly; but fundamentally a good and high-minded woman. That’s why the Kinnocks hated her so much. If she says that the UKIP accounts are in order, that’ll be good enough for me and, I suspect, for Fleet Street.
I am, of course, unable to confirm or deny this rumour, but I hope that it is true: Marta would be a considerable asset to UKIP.
UPDATE: I have now been authorised to confirm that it is true. Marta has signed the contract and will be speaking at the UKIP Conference tomorrow.
Incidentally, I shall be filming as much of the Conference as I can and attempting to get some interviews with various party figures. So, I have been playing about with iMovie to try to get reasonably au fait with editing; and here's a short trailer...