With these words Nigel Farage, the UKIP MEP blasted Council President Herman Van Rompuy with a tirade. This was met by a glacial indifference from the unruffled victim, but was angrily condemned by Martin Schulz, the German leader of Socialist MEPs, who essentially asked Farage to resign. It appears that the emphatic europhobe is to be summoned to Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek’s office next week for a good telling off. He may also face disciplinary action.
This, of course, may be exactly what Mr Farage wants. His outburst has had two reactions; some call him rude, others say he was rude but right. What is important is that the comments will go down very well in the UK, especially in Buckinghamshire, where Farage is contesting the unpopular Conservative John Bercow for a seat in the UK Parliament. Farage is also a popular figure on the BBC’s prominent political debate programme, Question Time, but he mysteriously pulled out of last weeks edition. sources claim that this was because he was concerned about being asked about his joining the controversial second pension scheme for MEPs that was revealed in the two previous issues of New Europe. He will be appearing on this weeks show, and it is highly unlikely that he will be asked about his pension, but rather the debate is going to focus on his contentious comments in the Hemicycle. Thus, he sidesteps an awkward issue and helps his quest for Westminster. When Buzek tells him off, it is likely that Farage will be smiling to himself.
He may stop smiling when he next passes through Belgian customs, who it is suggested, may want to express their displeasure at his description of their nation as a "non-country" in their own inimitable way.