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Nigel Farage breathes fire at stunned Eurocrats
The UKIP leader says Europe's crisis is 'like an Agatha Christie novel', trying to guess who'll be bumped off next. 'The difference is we know who the villains are.'
by Richard Harris on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:41
You know things are going wrong when Nigel Farage begins to sound like the voice of reason.
Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party – a man once described by a journalist as 'pretty odious: a shifty saloon-bar lizard' – is something of a curiosity in the European Parliament. Last week in Strasbourg he said 'we are now living in a German-dominated Europe – something the European project was actually supposed to stop, something that those who went before us actually paid a heavy price in blood to prevent'.
It's not exactly subtle. But behind the spittle-flecked outrage lies truth: as the tsunami of the European financial crisis drowns one country after another, anti-democratic forces in Brussels have been strengthened rather than weakened. First Papandreou was ousted for daring to suggest the Greeks should have a say in their future, then Berlusconi was replaced by 'a fellow architect of this euro disaster and a man who wasn't event a member of the parliament'.
Eighteen months ago a video of Farage lambasting newly-appointed EU President Herman Van Rompuy as having 'all the charisma of a damp rag' went viral on YouTube. Now, Farage admits he was wrong about Van Rompuy:
'I said you'd be the quiet assassin of nation-state democracy. But you're not any more. You're rather noisy about it, aren't you?'
Lacking the eloquence and erudition of his fellow eurosceptic MEP Dan Hannan, Farage resorts to breathing fire. But the resulting spectacle – particularly the stunned reactions of his targets – is entertaining stuff.
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