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'Zeus-like' van Rompuy kidnapping our democracy - Nigel Farage MEP

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Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP, European Parliament, Brussels, 7 April 2010 Europe of Freedom and Democracy, next, president Nigel Farage. We're in the presence of a great man today, the president of Europe, a man who is so important he's beyond criticism, beyond reproach, he's the king of the modern political class, he's the modern-day Zeus and he intends to rule us from Mount Berlimo and woe betide anybody that questions his authority or questions his dignity or they will face severe punishment. Indeed, in my case, the last time we met, when I had one or two things to say and the parliament imposed the maximum possible fine. And I'm told that if I say anything that upsets you the microphone will be cut off. Well, what price free speech, what price democracy. But you've come back to us today and now with the approval of Mr. Sarkozy and Angela Merkel you're the head of a new economic government for 500 million people. And you've launched your 10-year plan, your wishlist, and I always wonder: Have you remembered what happened to the last 10-year plan that was launched in 2000? It was launched in this parliament to much acclaim, it was a total and utter crippling failure even before the global recession hit. And in fact all centralised EU plans fail. Just look at the disastrous, ruinous Common Fisheries Policy and now your beloved euro has failed. It's failed politically and it's first major hurdle you weren't able to come up with a plan of at that summit. You can't bail out Greece without the International Monetary Fund coming in to save, at least for the moment, your euro dream. And yet Mr. van Rompuy, your plan seems to be: "We're losing, we're failing..." "... let's have more of the same..." "... let's have more Europe..." "... let's have more failure." But what really matters is the loss of democracy here. You have not been elected. You are not accountable, there is no mechanism for the peoples of Europe to remove you. It was Zeus, of course, that kidnapped Europa, my fear is you are kidnapping our democracy. You're only here because that Lisbon Treaty went through without the British people being given the referendum that they were promised. And as far as we're concerned this is unfinished business. People fought and died so that we could be an independent self-governing democratic nation that was able to hire and fire its leaders and no one that believes in democracy will accept the post of president of the European Union. Thank you.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 45 seconds
Country: Belgium
Language: English
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Posted by: on Apr 8, 2010

European Parliament, Brussels - 07 April 2010
Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP, Co-President of the EFD group.
Debate: Outcome of the March 25-26 EU Summit

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