Thursday, October 25

Gerard Batten - UKIPs Enoch Powell

Yesterday the European Parliament saw UKIPs Gerard Batten try to stake out his claim as Enoch Powell's spiritual heir during a debate on Serbia's relations with the EU.

In one passage he complained that if Serbia joined the EU, this would "import their historic hatreds and blood feuds onto British soil". He also referred to Britain being "swamped with immigrants and asylum seekers". Echoes of 'rivers of blood' methinks…

Mr Batten would do well to listen to the words of Paddy Ashdown (who, unlike the hapless Gerard, knows a thing or two about the Balkans) who described EU-Western Balkans relations as "unfinished business" adding that using the internal market as an incentive to force political reform in the Western Balkans is "the genius of Europe", while Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume described the EU as "the best example in the history of the world of conflict resolution".

Still, it's much easier just to come out with prejudiced diatribes and scare stories about Britain being taken over by immigrants and ridden with ethnic violence than it is to be constructive....

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apparently the old show 'One man and his dog' has been revived as a live act. It takes place on College Green, Westminster and features Nigel Farage and, and, and... Sorry, it's just called 'One man' now.

Jens Winton said...

Peace in Europe on account of the EU? Nothing to do with NATO then...

Anonymous said...

Their rally was something special. They predicted half a million participants and ended up with a few hundred. They must have the worst press office in the world.