UKIPwatcher was highly amused by the machinations of assorted europhobes in trying to claim credit for the protest in the European Parliament in December during the signing of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Lest we forget, a handful of U-kippers, a couple of barmy Tories and Jim Allister (the man whose hardline unionism was too much even for Ian Paisley’s DUP) donned black T-shirts, held up a few banners, heckled the Portuguese Prime Minister and demanded a referendum on the Reform Treaty.
Tory Daniel Hannan will doubtless have preened his tail feathers when he saw the Guardian’s coverage of the ‘protest’ describing him as “Conservative MEP and protest leader”. This story, needless to say, had UKIP up in arms, as they were themselves keen to claim responsibility. Help was at hand, however, from the ever modest and self-effacing Nigel Farage who authored this great contribution to literature, breathlessly described by UKIPs press goons as an “eyewitness diary of a portentous week at the heart of power”.
The first couple of pages are devoted to ramblings along the lines of “it wasn’t Dan it was UKIP wot done it”, with the boy Nige then sounding a touch defensive in explaining that UKIP are always courteous and never break the rules in the European Parliament (apart from booing and shouting down elected Prime Minister’s when they try to speak). As he put it, UKIPs hooliganism “would never have happened if Labour had kept its promise of a referendum”. Surprising then that he would protest against the signing of a Charter of Rights that was endorsed by the Parliament in November with over 500 votes in favour and 80 against – sorry Nigel, but this is how parliamentary democracy works.
Some might think it bizarre that anyone would want to claim credit for preventing people from speaking and acting in a way that would shame a 6 year old, but an irrelevant fringe party like UKIP (hovering between 0-1% in the polls) have to take what ever scraps they can get.
The torrent of self-pity and self-obsession continues. Nige whinges that the protest “made very big across the Continent, though it receives hardly a mention in the UK”. Don’t flatter yourself Nigel, a handful of no-mark little Englanders behaving badly and pretending to be politicians are not terribly newsworthy. For good measure, he adds that “the UK press just will not acknowledge the extent to which the EU runs our lives”. Unbelievable! Has the man never read an English newspaper?!?!