Nigel Farage: enormous tosser…

Euroskeptic MEP Nigel Farrage crossed the line from legitimate political protest to plain nastiness. His outburst against the new European Council President in the European Parliament showed Farrage up for the little Englander he really is:

Nigel Farage, who leads UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEPS in the European parliament, said Herman Van Rompuy had “the charisma of a damp rag”.

He compared the former Belgian prime minister to a “low-grade bank clerk” and said he came from a “non-country”.

The attack, which stunned the chamber, came as Mr Van Rompuy made his maiden appearance in parliament in Brussels.

“I don’t want to be rude,” Mr Farage began, before launching into a personal attack lasting several minutes.

“Who are you? I’d never heard of you, nobody in Europe had ever heard of you,” Mr Farage thundered, as noisy disapproval at his intervention in the chamber rose.

“You seem to have a loathing for the very concept of the existence of nation states,” Mr Farage continued, adding: “Perhaps that’s because you come from Belgium, which is pretty much a non-country.”

Are there any other European states he views as a non-country? And what are his criteria? Is Belgium too “young”? Too small? His diatribe went from the legitimate criticism of political process or ideology to the kind of personal attack you’d expect to hear in the schoolyard.

Farage is patently a bully – an attention-seeking bully at that. I commend the President of the Council for keeping his cool and avoiding the temptation to stoop to Farage’s level and engage in abusive name-calling. His comment later was priceless:

In a typically low-key response to the comments, Mr Van Rompuy said: “There was one contribution that I can only hold in contempt, but I’m not going to comment further.”

Thankfully, his abuse didn’t go unnoticed and he may find himself suspended from the European Parliament. If you can stomach the sight of this moron mouthing off, here’s a clip of him in action. Far, far from statesmanlike.

  1. As much as I agree with Farage on some issues (particularly the EU), his behavior here is just stupid. Ad hominem attacks don’t help anyone, least of all those who make them.

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    1. Agreed. As the saying goes, play the ball, not the man. Farage could do a lot more for his cause by exposing wastage and inefficiency in the EU. He does his constituents no favours when he gets suspended from the parliament.

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