Reuters report as follows:
'Three years after the start of a financial and economic crisis, some have grown frustrated by Europe's slow pace of reform in its financial sector, held up by indecision and disputes among the bloc's 27 countries.
On Tuesday, they announced a rare breakthrough with a deal to set up pan-European watchdogs at the start of next year to oversee banking, insurers and markets despite concerns in London that the new agencies would undermine its national regulators.
The reform, labelled historic by some experts, establishes three financial sheriffs who can overrule national agencies like Britain's Financial Services Authority.
But the region's economic leaders failed to resolve a row about how to impose levies on banks"
Meanwhile back at the ranch McTrough is showing he can step into Denny's Cuban heels at a moments notice. Both he and Denny are posting great heaps of crap smearing Nikki Sinclaire the only UKIP MEP trying to do anything in the UK to oppose the EU. With men such as these on the NEC the Fuerher has little to fear on the home front. The Fuerher however still sulks in the Fuerherbunker in Brussels after his recent reverses in Basil Fawlty land.
I note that the acting returning officer has issued a somewhat late statement confirming my blog last week on the NEC election count. I quote Mr Knott's statement,
"Elizabeth Burton did sit at the envelope opening when assisting opening envelopes at the first stage. When I noticed her she immediately agreed to move.
At no time was she in a position to influence counting of her votes. I was supervising her [and others] and am convinced there was no irregularity."
Barboo on the Democracy Forum summarises the counts failings re Elizabeth Burton thus:
'She was more than close to the counting, she was assisting opening the envelopes! Did opening envelopes include discarding as invalid those ballot papers that were returned in the same envelope, as per the instructions: "Only ONE ballot paper to go into each envelope. Envelopes containing more than one ballot paper will be declared invalid"?
The acting returning officer clearly didn't have proper control of the operation if someone was able to start opening envelopes without his permission, and if Elizabeth Burton moved immediately he noticed her, at what stage and for what reason did he have cause to supervise her? She shouldn't have been doing anything that required supervising! '
And Yes, according to independent allegations from two of my sources, is the answer to Barboo's question about EB being involved in determining and discarding 'invalid' ballot papers.
If John Knott is convinced there was no irregularity in a candidate handling envelopes and ballot papers at all, let alone without him being aware of it until he happened to notice her, then he clearly wasn't a suitable person to be in charge of the count.
When do we hear from the official UKIP returning officer Zuckerman on this fiasco?
Interesting how Mr Knott could supervise counting in two rooms at once! I therefore cannot see how Mr Knott can state there was no irregularity. It was a clear breach of vote counting practice to allow a candidate to be involved and to have the count in two separate rooms. That is quite sufficient in any court to have the election results voided. UKIP should rerun the whole NEC elections using the ERS.
Elizabeth Burton should of course immediately resign from the NEC. She has shown a complete ignorance of proper electoral practice and deplorable lack of judgement.
I trust UKIP will now employ the ERS for all future elections as I, Del and David called for two years ago. Its too important to be left to bungling amateurs.
Yet again the truth has emerged from non-UKIP sources and the usual lies and disinformation from the UKIP Cabal sycophants. As usual there will be no apology from UKIP, no resignation from Elizabeth Burton and no rerun of a clearly flawed election. Just the same behaviour as we see from our Europhile political class! They are both as bad as each other with neither integrity or honour.
UKIP has no moral authority to call for the UK government to honour its promises on a Lisbon Treaty referendum when it behaves in such an anti-democratic dishonourable manner itself