She kicked the ball into an open goal like what Nuttall could not do in his Tranmere days but to be fair its team coach Farage who should take the blame. La Hall simply pointed out that many MEPs go to Brussels collect the dosh disappear without doing their committee work. Can you name anyone asked the mischievous Neil. Yes the lady replied, Paul Nuttall has only attended one meeting of the Environment committee in over 3 years. Nuttall blustered on about opposing the EU but if you go to Brussels as an avowedly leave the EU MEP you are of course wide open to that kick in the balls from the LibDem ladies. Its what you call a soft target.
It is of course Farage's long time policy for all elected UKIP MEPs to go to Brussels. This policy also attracts the sort of person Farage wants as UKIP MEP wannabees. Those who have a flexible moral positions and a love of money will find themselves high up UKIP MEP slates. But as St Paul said, 'the love of money is the root of all evil'. UKIP in Brussels embodies the truth of St Paul's view. The founding father of UKIP, Alan Sked, opposed UKIP sending its elected members to Brussels but that of course requires putting principle before EU money.
Nuttall made an excellent point about how only 4% of EU staff are UK citizens but we comprise 12% of the EU by GDP or population. This got blown away easily by La Hall. How much more effective UKIP's position would be if they withdrew from Brussels until that anomaly at least is rectified. The EU however have Farage by the short and curlies. Don't turn up in Brussels and we will de-select you as an MEP. This was of course the Farage tactic against me and David Abbott when we were elected attending members of the NEC and led to the party's other name EUKIP. His chosen instrument to deselect us was Farage loyalist Bannerman. That's right the man who defected to the Tories. When Farage talks of loyalty that's what he means. Its not loyalty to UKIP and its ideals but unquestioning loyalty and obedience to Farage. That's why Nuttall is an MEP and deputy leader.
Its a pity UKIP rank and file do not realise the above. For its MEPs to be deselected by the EU would be a huge strategic advantage to UKIP in any UK election. Will it happen. Of not course. The love of money will triumph.