"You've been in office for ONE YEAR, and in that time, the whole ediface is beginning to crumble; there is Chaos, the money is running out, and I suppose I should thank you. You should perhaps be the pinup boy of the Euro Skeptic movement... but just look around this chamber this morning, just look at these faces: look at the fear, look at the anger. Paul Beroso (sp?) here looks like he's seen a ghost.
You know THEY ARE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE GAME IS UP. but in their desperation to preserve their dream, they want to REMOVE ANY REMAINING TRACES OF DEMOCRACY FROM THE SYSTEM.
And it's pretty clear that NONE OF YOU have LEARNED ANYTHING!
You know, when you yourself...say that the EURO HAS BROUGHT US STABILITY, I suppose I could applaud you for having a sense of humour, but isn't this really just the BUNKER MENTALITY?!
You know, your fanatiscism is out in the open.
You talked about the fact that it was a LIE to believe that the NATION-STATE could exist in the 21st Century globalized world.
Well, that may be true in the case of Belgium who hasn't had a government in six months; but the rest of us, right across every member-state in this union, and perhaps this is why we see the fear in the faces, increasingly people are saying 'we don't want that flag', 'we don't want that anthem', 'we don't want this political class', 'we want the whole thing consigned to the dust bin of history'.
We had the Greek tragedy early on this year, and now we have the situation with Ireland. Now, I know that the stupidity and greed of Irish politicians has had a lot to do with this. They should never EVER have joined the Euro, they suffered with low interest rates, a false boom, and a massive bust.
But look at your response to them:
What they're [Ireland] being told as their government's collapsing, is that it would be inappropriate for them to have a General Election. In fact, Commisioner Rem here said that you have to agree with their budget first, before they would be allowed to have a General Election.
JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU PEOPLE ARE?
You are very, very, dangerous people indeed. Your obsession with creating this 'Euro State' means that you're happy to destroy democracy.
You appear to be happy for millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor. Untold millions must suffer so that your Euro dream can continue. But it won't work because it's Portugal next.
With their 325% of GDP, they're the next ones on the list. And after that, I suspect it'll be Spain; and the bailout for Spain would be 7 times the size of Ireland and at THAT moment, ALL of the BAIKOUT money has gone. THERE WON'T BE ANY MORE.
BUT ITS EVEN MORE SERIOUS THAN ECONOMICS.
Because if you ROB people of their identity,
if you ROB people of their democracy,
then ALL THEY ARE LEFT WITH is NATIONALISM and VIOLENCE.
I can only hope and pray that the Euro Project is destroyed by the market before that really happens."
Nigel Farage, MEP
UKIP (South East)
Co-President, EFD Group
Strasburg, 24 November 2010.
Conclusions of the European Council meeting on economic governance (28-29 October).