Saturday, 29 January 2011
We would like to wish John Bufton a speedy recovery after suffering a recent stroke.
Certain UKIPPERS in Wales are keen to find out if he will be forced to retire as an MEP. His number two on the Welsh MEP list is particularly EAGER to see him stand down.
Mr Bufton has been less than impressive as an MEP. You may recall how he was recently caught out by the Daily Mail and Channel Four. It concerned a little scam that he had been involved in ever since becoming a UKIP MEP. John had been turning up to the EU Parliament every Friday morning to collect his £260 daily allowance.
No crime in that but you would expect him to stay for the day rather than quickly scuttling out of the building as soon as he has signed in!
Mr Bufton defence was rather lame to say the least!
"That's our system".
Bufton is less than happy with membership of Farage's EFD group but sadly lacks the guts to follow Nikki and Mike's example. We can confirm that Farage was rather 'helpful' when it came to that Channel Four programme. That Bufton was targeted came as no surprise to us or Nigel. You p*ss off Farage and face the consequences!
Mr Bufton also upset many Welsh UKIPPERS by being rather tight when it came to donating part of his salary to the party.
It later emerged that Bufton had donated just £900 to UKIP Wales during his first year as an MEP. This was despite a promise to donate large sums to the party.
The monthly pre-tax salary of all MEPs within the new statute from July 2009 is €7,665, which is the equivalent of an annual salary of €91,980.
And let us not forget that Mr Bufton gets an attendance allowance of €298 every time he signs into the Parliament.
A quick check of the records will reveal that from July to December 2009 he has claimed this allowance 55 times.
As we said, UKIP activists in Wales were less than happy to discover just how little Bufton has donated to the party. Especially when they remembered how they were expected to empty their branch accounts in order to finance his election campaign.