If I told you that Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP for the North West Region had launched a major campaign in his region against online child abuse you would, I hope, think this is a very good thing to do.
Mr Nuttall is indeed campaigning against online child abuse, as recently reported in the Rochdale Observer.
But there’s a catch. Mr Nuttall has not at the time of writing signed my Written Declaration in this subject, which I talked about in detail in my blog post yesterday. As the declaration states
“2. The cross-border nature of most online child sexual abuse content shows that strong international cooperation is necessary;”
You see, there’s a reason for Mr. Nuttall´s refusal. UKIP who hate the European Parliament while drawing the salary it provides and taking up their allowances, will quite simply have virtually nothing to do with the institution to which they have been elected by the people of their respective regions.
UKIP’s “principled” stance of accepting the goodies but not doing the work, extends to refusing to sign Written Declarations.
It does make you wonder about the extent of Paul Nuttall’s commitment to fighting online child abuse when he will not even put his signature to something which may greatly aid this cause.