It seems that one of their major donors - who has handed over something around a million quid to bankroll their plucky fight against the mighty European juggernaut (and to dip their own snouts into the Eurotrough) - forgot to register on the electoral roll. Naturally, UKIP have issued a bombastic statement blaming a minor clerical error, but revealing one interesting issue that raises a query about the whole story.
Mr Alan Bown, was not on the Electoral Register between December 2004 and January 2006. He was, however, on the register at his Kent address before this period and has also been on the register since January 2006. He was unaware that his name had been removed from the list during 2005... Had Mr Bown realised that his name had been removed from the electoral register, he could have completed the relevant form and immediately rendered himself a permissible donor.Well, I might suggest that Mr Bown COULD have worked out that he wasn't on the electoral list when he went to vote UKIP in the General Election in May 2005. Being turned away at the polling station might have been a little clue. Unless one of their biggest donors and senior members didn't even bother to vote UKIP - which says a lot about his dedication to the cause.
However, it does raise the question of Michael Brown and the Liberal Democrats. Poor old UKIP look to face financial ruin, yet Ming and Co still hang on to the £2.4 million handed over by the convicted fraudster Michael Brown through his (non-trading) company. Why won't the Electoral Commission use their powers against the LDs and require the forfeiture of the money?