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Nigel Farage faces reprimand after calling Herman Van Rompuy ‘wet rag’

from telegraph.co.uk:

by Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
2/25/2010/1:46 PM GMT

Nigel Farage faces reprimand after calling Herman Van Rompuy ‘wet rag’

The comments by Ukip’s leading MEP on Wednesday afternoon have generated a furious reaction in the European Parliament and across Belgium.

During a debate on Europe’s economic prospects, Mr Farage astonished MEPs and the EU president by launching an “insulting” personal attack.

“I don’t want to be rude,” he began.

“But you know, really, you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk.”

To loud protests, Mr Farage continued: “The question that I want to ask and that we are all going to ask is: who are you? I had never heard of you; nobody in Europe had ever heard of you. I would like to ask you, Mr President: who voted for you? And what mechanism – I know democracy is not popular with you lot – what mechanism do the peoples of Europe have to remove you? Is this European democracy?”

“Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all, and I can say with confidence that I can speak on behalf of the majority of the British people in saying: we do not know you, we do not want you, and the sooner you are put out to grass, the better.”

Against a background of growing protests, Mr Farage accused a visibly shaken Mr Van Rompuy of being a “dangerous” Belgian European federalist.

“I have no doubt that it is your intention to be the quiet assassin of European democracy and of the European nation states. You appear to have a loathing for the very concept of the existence of nation states; perhaps that is because you come from Belgium, which of course is pretty much a non-country,” he said.

Martin Schulz, the German leader of Socialist MEPs, called on Mr Farage to be reprimanded and demanded his resignation.

“It would be better, if Mr. Farage laid down his mandate, if the EU and the European parliament please him so badly,” he said.

Parliament sources have confirmed that Mr Farage has been summoned by Jerzy Buzek, the Parliament President, to receive an official reprimand, and possible disciplinary action, next Tuesday.

“He has been summoned to the headmaster’s office and expects a spanking,” said a Ukip spokesman.

Sources have told The Daily Telegraph that the controversy, widely reported by the BBC, was deliberately staged to promote Mr Farage’s appreance on the corporation’s Question Time programme on Thursday night.

Many Belgians are angered by Mr Farage’s description of Mr Van Rompuy, their former premier, as a wet rag.

“These English do not have any culture. When one visits museums it is Germans, Spanish, Italians, and French you see. The English ‘get more’ by asking for beer in low bars. You can recognise an Englishman by his football shirt on prominent paunch. His only reading is The Sun,” wrote one Libre Belgique reader on Thursday morning[,]

“The English are cretins, whose arrogance is only equalled by their mediocrity of spirit.” – Source

About Van Rompuy:
by Daniel Knight 3/24/2010/1:33 A.M.

Herman Van Rompuy was born On October 31, 1947, born in Etterbeek, Brussels, attended Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Brussels until 1965 and studied ancient Greek and Latin there. After that he studied at the Leuven Catholic Universiy and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1968 and a master’s degree in applied economics in 1971, worked at the Belgian central bank from 1972 to 1975, was chairman of the national CVP’s youth council from 1973–1977, lectured at the Handelshogeschool Antwerpen from 1980 to 1987, and starting in 1982 has been a lecturer at the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool Brussel, worked in the ministerial cabinets of Leo Tindemans and Gaston Geens from 1975 to 1980, was elected a member of the national CVP’s bureau in 1978, was a Belgian Senator from 1988 to 1995, and served as Secretary of State for Finance and for Small and Medium Enterprises from 1988–1993, was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget from September 1993 to July 1999 in the two governments lead by Jean-Luc Dehaene. He was reelected in 2003 as a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives. In 2004 he was designated the Minister of State and reelected again in 2007 as a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and remained a member until 2009. While he remained minister he was disallowed from governing as a representative. He helped drive down Belgium’s debt from a peak of 135 percent of gross domestic product in 1993 to below 100 percent of GDP in 2003.

In 2004, he stated “An enlargement [of the EU] with Turkey is not in any way comparable with previous enlargement waves. Turkey is not Europe and will never be Europe. … But it’s a matter of fact that the universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also the fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey.” As a Catholic he would have said this to put pressure on Turkey to convert to Catholicism (for the spiritual or wordly benefits, or both).

Following the 2007–2008 Belgian political crisis, King Albert II, who was reluctant to take up the role of Prime Minister of Belgium, asked Van Rompuy to form a new government. He was sworn in as Belgian Prime Minister on December 30, 2008.

More information Van Rompuy: Who is Van Rompuy?

Nigel Farage asks Van Rompuy: Who are you Mr President? (my corrected title):

Nigel’s news journal: http://www.ukip.org/content/nigel-farages-blog

  1. March 1, 2010 at 2:20 PM

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    • March 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM

      lol you make it sound like I wrote the article. I was going to make a commentary about the hypocritical insult back by the belgians, but thought it was too obvious, and my netbook was giving me too hard a time to include a comment, and I didn’t want to keep delaying this news so I just posted it and intended to comment later.

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  1. March 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

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