Farage: A Non-Politician in a Parliament of ‘Non-Countries’In Will Obeney on February 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Nigel Farage has had an interesting week in the European Parliament. On Tuesday, he let out a torrent of insults at EU President Herman van Rompuy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bypLwI5AQvY) Despite a chorus of boos, he claimed the man had the ‘charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk’. Whilst this episode was reasonably funny, it tells you a lot about the man.
Farage has a strong political message. He did not like the way in which van Rompuy was elected. This is wholly acceptable. What is unacceptable is the way in which he criticised it. Personal abuse is completely useless and degrading. This man seems to have no concept of how far he can go with his insults.
On Question Time, he attempted to defend his antics with his usual spin, but never answered why he saw it as acceptable to be so personally insulting. In response to why he used the phrase ‘non-country’ to describe Belgium, he said: ‘oh yes I’ll reply to that… because that’s the one they’re getting the most upset about’ thus taking no blame whatsoever.
I am sure that UKIP are quite happy that they no longer have him as leader. He started off his tenure in the job impressing the general public with his fresh and unusual practices and opposition to stuffy politics. Never does a series of Question Time go by without Farage joining the panel for a week. These have given him airtime to persuade people who have become disillusioned with main party politics.
Slowly though, he has shown himself to be more than questionable. In 2008, he refused to take part in a standing ovation for Prince Charles in the EU Parliament. His antics on Question Time have become increasingly dislikeable, constantly talking over others and attacking audience members. His outburst in the European Parliament is merely one more reason why this man is completely incapable of running anything, especially a parliamentary constituency. On Tuesday, EU Parliamentary President Jerzy Burzek is expected to penalise Farage. The UKIP MEP is planning on appearing in the dress of a naughty schoolboy. No one sees the funny side Nigel. You haven’t gained popularity out of this; you’ve just displayed your incapability to be anything more than the face of a political opinion.