December 13th, 2011

Farage Blows Lifeboat Raspberry in EU Parliament

Not a vintage Farage rant, but worth watching for the smiles and grins of the EU elite. They call that gallows humour…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Also a good talker is Nige, shame the rest of his bunch arnt as normal as him.

    • 4
      Anonymous says:

      Oh come off it. Farage is SEMI-trained at best. Agree the rest are full time loons.

      • 16
        Aenus says:

        Farage must make his mum proud. It was a pity that plane didn’t land a bit harder.

        • 28
          A Little Off The Top Please says:

          Pity the best bit of you dribbled down your mothers leg at birth.

          • Iloathlefties says:

            Camerons so called vetoe was purely about stopping us having a referendum. The patriotic claptrap that followed was all spin and theatre as yesterdays performance confirmed he is a europhile. The reasons he gave about jobs, trade were specious. With a net contribution of £10 billion and a £50 billion trade deficit with the EU last year alone whats in it for us? Its just another gravey train for failing politicos.

          • Elf 'n' safet says:

            Bowel functionaries

            Directive Number Two – Risk assessment of prunes

        • 67
          Anonymous says:

          You’ve mis-spelled “anus”

        • 76
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          Farage is only speaking the TRUTH. The problem with the United States of Europe is exactly the Same as the Bankrupted United States of America. The Political Elite are out of Control. And have become so stuck up their own Ars- holes that they didn’t see that over regulation and over taxation of business would drag the whole global economies down the drain. The USA have a fiscal, wait for it massive $211 trilliion fiscal gap. A war mongering political class that have dragged the Worlds economic system to near collapse. I wonder how much more money the bankers will need to keep taking the blame???

        • 119
          MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

          How long have you been putting “E”‘s in your Anus TaT ?
          i always knew you were on drugs but not taken rectally

        • 215
          Mike Lewis says:

          Pity you had to open your big fat stupid mouth.

      • 20
        john in cheshire says:

        I’d have more sympathy with the Scottish MEP if we, the UK, hadn’t had 13 years of Scottish rule, prior to the current government, and they didn’t take anyone elses wishes into account when they made their treacherous dealings with the EU.

        • 29
          Loungelizard says:

          Independence for Scotland will destroy Labours chances of ever governing at Westminster again.

          • AC1 says:

            It’s British Independence for Scotland…

          • Londoner says:

            Let’s hope so.

          • Jim Clark says:

            Farage does not sound like the greatest statesman we have produced.

            It looks like our precious “City of London” is now going to have to move to Dublin.

            Good riddance

          • What Matters says:

            Say What?

            Exactly. Then everyone will be happy. Win … win. Leave the theory and practice of marxism to new Scotland. It is time to move on.

          • UK Fred says:

            I want to know why people living in England don’t get to vote on continuing the union with Scotland. Most of us would like to get rid of those Buckie-swilling dole-scrounging layabouts. Espoecially the Scots who have emigrated to England.

        • 124
          MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

          Nor with tuition fees etc

      • 154
        Sandra says:

        You Liberal Tories are shit scared of Farage.

        He has my vote.

      • 226
        BulldogBreeder says:

        Without doubt, Nigel Farage is the best British speaker in this menagerie.

        He speaks for the UK – no one else does, outside his party.

        The crude, filthy criticism of him shows how he is upsetting the other political parties.

        Once the euro collapses, it will be followed by the demise of the European Union.

    • 32
      AC1 says:

      Scottish Marxist got pwned.

    • 68
      bent as a nine bob says:

      Is that Nige’s sex face?

    • 85
      rocknrolla says:

      The simple Scotchman is a twat.

      Farage is right, simply by being on the right side of history and being for democracy. How it must sting the wealthy Guardian readers.

      • 117
        Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

        You British will not escape my reach and wealth. I buy everything I need for Europe including loyalty and soon I will be your leader.

    • 125
      john c m says:

      clegg?, a long unimportant quisling

    • 158
      AC1 says:

      Proof that Gordon Brown (former UK Chancellor and Prime Minister) is the worst gold trader of all time

    • 177
      AC1 says:

      Looks like Islamic Terrorism in Belgium today…

      Chances the MSM will mention this?

      • 181
        Rat's arse says:

        Doubt it AC1, and if they do report it, I don’t expect them to mention anything about the isl*mic element. Doubt if the BBC will bother at all, unless they have some hand-wringing im*m to justify the atrocity.

  2. 2
    Judge Dreadful says:

    Can we arrest them all for false accounting?

    • 10
      Spirit of '89 says:

      It used to be a crime in Germany to conspire to subvert democracy. Why has no-one been arrested in Germany for what they have done to Greece and Italy’s democratic systems?

      • 23
        Fact: says:

        Cause they are thick, on the losing end of two word wars and they still harbour dreams about domination. What a bunch of thick twats, looks like they are heading for well deserved hiding number three.

        • 101
          Angela Merkel ( Empress ) says:

          Ha ha, that is what you think Englander swine.

          My crack generals are massing and my shock troops will give you a bloody nose, you will never forget.
          General Sarkozy has the south flank, with his elite White Flag division.
          Barosso with the Lichtenstein Home Guard and Belgian Waffle SS are massed alongside Rompuy and his crack battalion of Papier Kommando to the south west.

          You have until midday friday to surrender, or face the consequences, that is all.

      • 26
        Albeit Mach Freis please says:

        Cause they are thick, on the losing end of two word wars and they still harbour dreams about domination. What a bunch of thick twats, looks like they are heading for well deserved hiding number three.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    The Titanic was badly built and doomed from the start. It was only a matter of time.

    Like the euro.

  4. 7
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  5. 9
    Airey Belvoir says:

    So the dim Scots MEP thinks that the whole UK financial industry is ‘one square mile’. What a pillock.

    • 12
      Durr... says:

      I wish it was. It would be easier to gas the bloody lot of ‘em

      • 105
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Ah those old socialist ‘solutions’ always ready to make a comeback. Socialism is a mental illness, seek help.

    • 15
      Nairnian, not Narnian says:

      He’s a dim politician. The fact he is a Scot does not change matters very much, though it does not bode well for the economy in Scotland if these twits ever get their hands on it.

    • 43
      AngryEnglishJon says:

      Bloody Jockanese. Living proof that Mancunians copulate with citizens of Barnsley

    • 60
      Jan says:

      When you think of all those brilliant Scottish merchants who went out into the Empire and made shedloads of money,then you see the dross that is left in Scotland now,you wonder where it all went wrong.Then you remember the gurning face of Captain Ahab McDoom Brown and you realise it was the Labour party who ruined Scotland.Anybody with any gumption has upped sticks and left. What remains is turd.

  6. 11
    Hugh Janus says:

    Excellent clip – well, the first 2.5 mins when there is a lion talking. Pity about the bit after, with donkey no 252 whining yet again about wretched Scotland.

    To see this lot sink without trace would be the highlight of my otherwise dull and otherwise inconsequential life.

  7. 14
    Citi Boi! says:

    If the EU thinks the Chinese will bail them out in any shape or form is utterly deluded.

    They are in the shit at home with the peasants and need to start big time spending domestically or start a massive war with someone to abort a revolution over the suppressed living standards in the mainland.

    It’s going to be fun watching the thick Americans who believe they are too big to fail and that good ole Uncle China will never raise interest rates and the equally stupid EU who think they can borrow and sell out to Uncle China when the shit hits the fan wake up to reality when the Chinese finally say: Mhai

    • 33
      Manchurian says:

      The Chinese government has already come under significant public criticism for buying too many US treasury bonds. There is no way they will make that mistake again and buy EU debts on any scale.

      • 123
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        The Chinese want assets in return for cash and it looks like the EU will cave on that. Expect utilities to be sold off and highways etc, things that they will extract a huge return on.

        • 161
          The Kiautschou Bay Concession says:

          Let’s see how the Germans feel about all their state-owned forests being turned into chopsticks.

    • 37
      Anonymous says:

      If the US defaults, who’s going to make them pay, really?

    • 140
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      They could always ask the Kinnock’s , they skimmed of a fair few millions

  8. 18
    MrAngry61 says:

    They call that gallows humour…

    IMO it’s condescension – ‘there he goes again’ – it’s questionable whether they actually understand some of the financial points that he makes.

    • 196
      The Golem says:

      They believe anyone who criticises them and their ghastly house of cards is a psychiatric case. The arrogance is typical of the totalitarian mind-set. I’d say any indication of amusement is completely fake.

  9. 21
    Buffet Bowler says:

    Who was the disgusting toady Scottish MEp? What a prick.

  10. 22
    Ed's Eye Bags says:

    I want to punch Guy Verhofstadt’s face in so badly it hurts.

  11. 25
    Scotch Mist says:

    What a Twat that scotch MEP is.

    It really is time they took their independence from financial handouts from the English taxpayer. But how is signing up to the Eurozone freedom for the Scotch?

    • 31
      Nairnian, not Narnian says:

      You really shouldn’t underestimate how parochial Scottish politics actually is: or how corrupt. There are lots of people in Scotland who think they will be able to pretend to farm haggis andshortbread in return for a subsidy from the CAP.

      • 52
        annette curton says:

        The way the CAP works they probably will be able to along with Panda ranches and Bagpipe plantations.

  12. 30
    Lord Sebastian Coe aka failed MP says:

    I tell you. The Olympic Games will be good for the economy, just ask Greece.

    • 43
      Olympic Levels of Greed says:

      Someone should have a close look at that guy’s personal finances. and lifestyle. Just because he used to run about in circles doesn’t mean he’s straight.

      • 55
        Cash for OTT opening ceremonies says:

        Is a person who is ” a worldwide ambassador for Nike and owns a string of health clubs with a membership of 20,000″ a fit and proper person to be set free with the public purse to run the biggest show in the world?

        How come the London Olympics has suddenly become the British game and is gobbling up British taxpayer money like crazy. And as for Dave spending hundreds of millions on the opening ceremony, it is just a total waste of money. A well thought out and presented “austerity” ceremony would not have gone amiss on the world stage.

        • 63
          A healthy interest says:

          There is nothing that puts normal people off organised sport more than guys in tracksuits or blazers marching round in circles holding bouquets and preaching diversity. I have never understood why the sporting world goes in for all that crap.

          • gildedtumbril says:

            Yes, the Anabolic Steroid Games will be a gigantic bore and a gigantic waste of debt and it will lead to a further debt for our great, great, great, great grandchildren to pay interest on.Meanwhile, in a deserted eu wharehouse, down by the river, of unending debt,
            daffy camoron and his boyfriends ruprecht cleggover and that sickening financial dimwit osbought plan even more dastardly treason and even malfeasance. The bastards.
            Damn it I was intending not to use that word. I could delete…Ah, ballox.

          • AC1 says:

            circenses are always for emperors to grand stand at the expense of the people.

          • Wendy Bendy says:

            “I have never understood why the sporting world goes in for all that crap.”

            Simple. They are stupid.

      • 75
        Use a Pun, Go to Gaol! says:

        Are you implying he’s a “javelin catcher,” so to speak?

        *Pa DOOM poom!*

      • 88
        bent as a nine bob says:

        He used to roll around on a mat with Billy Hague, which should tell you all you need to know.

        People who know him say that he’s a pretty straight kind of goy

    • 64
      annette curton says:

      In 776 BC is was. along with the concept of Democracy but it’s all been downhill ever since (and I don’t mean the slalom).

  13. 38
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    How is the gurner at number 6 and why did the Scots elect Larry Grayson as their MEP?

  14. 39
    Jimmy says:

    Biggles’ piles still giving him gyp.

  15. 41
    Apathy Rising says:

    Sarkozy seeking re-election as French president.

    It’s just a part of his election campaign and trashing Europe to get another term is the least of what he’s prepared to do. Even Sarkozy states that the budget limits will not be enforced – so what’s it all about ?

    The treaty’s credibility barely lasted the weekend and Cameron is lambasted for not agreeing to something that was bust before it began. If Cameron is isolated and his veto is valueless, then what’s their gripe ?

    Their attitude appears to be that they want unanimity in signing up to their disaster, otherwise Cameron is going to be uniquely positioned to point out their folly. Anyone found any commentator thinking this treaty will work ? Even the signatories are having second thoughts.

    I always believed lemmings were cute furry creatures, uniquely stupid in the animal kingdom. It appears that they have a vicious attitude to anyone not wanting to join their leap into oblivion.

  16. 45
    Scotch on the Rocks says:

    How odd. The Scotch MEP is mocking Nigel for wanting independence for the UK at the same time saying he wants independence for Scotchland.

    • 58
      Tartanosity Overload says:

      Nothing strange about that. The Scots spent 13 years mocking the English in their own Parliament and passing laws they exempted themselves from up in Edinburgh.

    • 59
      Legal Beagle says:

      My thoughts entirely ….

      But then the Jocks are like the EU – happy to take our cash and try and get one over on us !

  17. 46
    tailor to messers farage, swithburn and plott says:

    …i warned him against that shirt and tie combo.

  18. 47
    Charlotte Hale has deleted her Twitter account says:

    • 53
      Edolf Balls says:

      Time to concentrate on her studies, or whatever it is she does these days

    • 54
      heed the bells says:

      …so she doesnt wish to trade on her newfound celebrity? shame. still, shes not catalouge model material. the only cups she’ll be filling are in working men’s club canteen in the black country.

  19. 48
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Only good thing about Scotland?

    They have those cute pandas :-)

    • 56
      BillyBob... says:

      Cast the sweaty socks adrift !!

      • 61
        my hatstand used to be... says:

        here here. i hear there’re simply millions of barrels of crude under melton mowbray and this fracking malarky sounds like a right barrel of laughs. rebuild the wall.

        • 70
          annette curton says:

          An estimated 300 trillion cubic feet of gas recoverable from shale in Lancashire (not Lanarkshire) to put that in perspective total gas hydrocarbons used in the entire U.K is less than 3 trillion a year.

          • my hatstand ued to be... says:

            based on shaky (factual and seismological) science and an environmental impact for it’s entire extraction that makes deepwater horizon look like an amusing water feature…get fracking.

          • annette curton says:

            Just because the term fracking has become the next big bogey word, this is not oil extraction, gas is extracted by pumping water down under pressure, and there is no such thing as a free lunch.

          • Tony Blair says:

            Oh yes there is

          • AC1 says:

            Those against hydrocarbon extraction should be allowed to live without heating, electricity and powered transport. But shouldn’t be allowed to inflict their hair-shirt nonsense on others.

          • my hatstand ued to be... says:

            …what difference does it make what youre extracting if the negative impacts outweigh the benefits? the ONLY country that has stuck with hydraulic fracturing as a means of hydrocarbon extraction is the US, and with questionable results to date. the canadians (yes, they who have jsut reneged on kyoto) are about to ban it. the australians and french have done so already under immense environmental pressure. there really is very little empirical evidence to support its fanciful claims of yields oh, and it destroys water potability. sounds like just what lancashire needs.

          • AC1 says:

            Haha. You keep reciting from your little green book. Fracking has been an amazing success story (about the only source of jobs growth in Obama’s wasteland). It scares the Saudis silly.

            Maybe it’s because you’re a peak-oil branch of the Malthusian faith and it’s rather strong proof you’re wrong…

          • Unstoppable says:

            Shale gas extraction is a worldwide industry now. Look it up.

            Poland is leading the way in Europe…..huge reserves and enormous public support…except for the Pol Pot greenies but they don’t matter when reducing reliance on Russian gas is the big bonus.

    • 57
      smoggie says:

      The A74(M) heading south is not bad.

    • 78
      Bawbag survivor says:

      Only good thing about England?……Multiculturism,diluting you out of existance?

      • 81
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        But we are number one ranked team in test cricket, where are scotland?

        • 92
          Spartacus says:

          they beat canada at mannofield a couple of years ago.

        • 103
          Bawbag survivor says:

          We don’t have the weather for Cricket……hard to run in duffelcoats and furry boots.

          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            Ok then, Looking forward to euro 2012?

          • Bawbag survivor says:

            Ok you win……..skulk,skulk ,skulk

          • merlins beard says:

            yes billy, because england’s fine record at football tournaments is really something to brag about.

            when youve ten times the population, it stands to reason you should have a more reasonable crop of talented footballers to choose from.

          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            :-) dont worry i had the champions league and Europa cup still up my sleave


            How many World cups have Scotland won as opposed to England?

          • Rhonddapurple says:

            Is it true that Scotland has more Tory MPs than football teams representing it in any capacity in Europe?

  20. 62
    nellnewman says:

    A Breath of Fresh Air in a stale chamber isn’t he?

  21. 69
    Bricktop says:

    They dont like being called “Scotch” and like it even less when called “scotch” stupid scotch scotchers.

    • 138
      Bawbag survivor says:

      That must be the least offensive name calling I’ve heard yet!…you Engishi,what are you like?

  22. 71
    Zero to Nero says:

    Barroso fiddles while Rome burns.

  23. 72
    john c m says:

    1) Fa-rage from last guy TV must have hit a million by now
    2) what idiots the EU is headed by
    3) where were other British MEP’s standing up for Britain in this debate
    4) let me get this straight the SNP want to swap a small democratic union for a large undemocratic one

    Long Live Nigel, and with any luck if he keeps this up we might get asked what we think, down with the EU

    • 145
      gildedtumbril says:

      There is ONE British political party. It says so on the tin. All the rest, including UKIP(while they steal) are simply traitors. They are marxist bastards and desperately need treatment. As usual I prescribe tarring, feathering, hanging, drawing and quartering and heads on pikes. Seems reasonable.

  24. 73
    Apathy Rising says:

    I always said I’d vote for Scottish independence and then they stated that as an Englishman I wouldn’t get a vote. Now that had me totally perplexed.

    Hasn’t it been said that they want to hook up with Sweden ? – a country that it is reported won’t be able to get treaty ratification through their parliament.

    Maybe they don’t get newspapers – or read them.

    • 95
      Bawbag survivor says:

      Anyone resident in Scotland will have a vote….irrespective of race,so please move up,put your name on the voters roll and take part.

      • 146
        AC1 says:

        Can we not have a referendum in England to eject the Scots from the Union (caused by their previous bankruptcy) into the next Darrien Schemes.

      • 147
        AC1 says:

        Can we not have a referendum in England to eject the Scots from the Union (caused by their previous b4nkruptcy) into the next Darrien Schemes.

        • 182
          Anonymous says:

          The Darrien scheme would have been very successful if it wasn’t for England and Spain using their military might to stop it.Trade landing on the east coast of America could be transported accross land to the west (and vice versa).Saving 1000′s of miles of sea travel round South America’s dangerous seas….The Panama canal was built on this very site…..The Spanish didn’t want a rival in their American colonies. and the English wanted to force the Scots into a Union to protect a Protestant succession to the throne….the Scots still being pro Stuart…….You English,what are you like?

  25. 74
    Rat's arse says:

    Alec Salmond on Sky at the moment, whinging as usual about Cameron. I wish the b@stard would choke on his deep fried Mars bar. Apparently, he thinks the EU is b loody marvellous and is very worried about the poor scotch fishermen. What a scotch pillock.

    • 82
      annette curton says:

      Thought Nige had just pointed out that the EU takes 80% of the fish from our waters, does Alex want to make it 95%, load of Pollocks.

    • 89
      Bawbag survivor says:

      You are very xenophobic……Chill!

      • 100
        Spartacus says:

        xenophobic ? and you are without a fishing industry so . . . take the skelf outtayour arse en awarrenbyalyaheed

        • 109
          Bawbag survivor says:

          I think you mean away and boil your head……..good attempt at Glasweigian though.

          • gildedtumbril says:

            I must confess I always thought that Rab C. Nesbit would have made a grand wee speaker at the united muslims in New York, an ambassador to be proud of.The late Bernard Manning, also, would have been superb.

        • 128
          annette curton says:

  26. 84
    Antipc says:

    Mr Farage’s speeches at the EU have been superb throughout 2011,Far superior than anything you hear in our benighted House of Commons.After the expenses scandal you’d have thought our MP’s would have been bending over backwards to court the public they’re elected to serve.But no, all 3 parties are determined to subvert democracy and avoid the referendum on Europe which the vast majority of people want.Anyone who votes for the treacherous Con/Lab/Lib parties in future does so in the full knowledge that they do everything in their power to help themselves not to serve you.

    • 164
      Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

      Rubbish. I would make speeches in the Houses of Parliament, but I am almost illiterate so I don’t. When I am supposed to be in Parliament, I say I have urgent business to attend to in Portsmouth and when I am supposed to be in Portsmouth, I say I have urgent business to attand to in the House. The truth of the matter is, that in both cases, I am off somewhere else, shagging, on double expenses.

  27. 86
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Amusing that Forage needed the translator’s headphones to understand the intervention from the Scot…

  28. 90
    pissed off voter says:

    A slightly less adversarial Nigel than usual but still talking sense. The EU is very much a busted flush.

    I think the maths are interesting. 12 of the 27 EU members have never held referenda on the EU (including UK, natch). Of the remaining 15, 5 (France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Ireland) were negative on the EU and some political engineering was employed to ‘put them right’.

    These referenda were all held long before the current shenanigans, so it’s not difficult to see why the EU is so afraid of referenda. Kind of reminds me of Westminster MPs’ desperate struggles to prevent the expenses exposure.

    Last poll I saw showed German Majority against EU and Merkel is not long from re-election time. Sarkozy faces election in a few months and his major opponent is against current EU position. Czek has always been lukewarm and Sweden takes the latest proposal to it’s parliament. Here in the UK, polling shows a significant majority against EU membership. Indeed, just the Lib Dumbs and a few other fanatics are pro-EU.

    Just one brick from the wall …

  29. 93
    bent as a nine bob says:

    Quite possibly, but I’d have my todger up him before you could say “Land of Hope and Buggery”.

  30. 133
    pissed off voter says:

    O/T but I thought it was very funny

  31. 141
    weybridgeman says:

    Glad to see the McMafia are still as blinkered as ever…..

  32. 143
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Watch this Murdering twat Dewani
    as soon as he beats extradition
    he will make a remarkable recovery
    all the experts say he is mental and unfit to stand trial
    All these so called experts wouldn’t be Asian by any chance would they ?

    • 172
      Law Bore says:

      Nah. They are an equal opportunity bunch.

      I used to give legal advice to doctors about their forensic medical evidence. Apart from the surgeons, the vast majority had to have their reports sent back to them because of conjectural statements not supported by the evidence. Especially so where psychological and psychiatric ossies were concerned. Many were borderline perjurors in cases where they thought they would get a chance to do something for ‘human rights’ ( a concept they rarely understood – it seemed to mean anything politically interesting that made them feel warm and fuzzy).

  33. 144
    Selohesra says:

    Is it just me or is this site loading a bit slowly today?

  34. 148
    Apathy Rising says:

    What was the reasoning behind the speaker’s statement that we should lose our rebate. Doesn’t that show up how easily the EU adopts an attitude of abusive tyranny. Why not threaten to pollute our rivers ? Do as we tell you or there will be repercussions.

    I think we should lose our rebate too, right after we cancel the DD paying in to this Circus of Fools. A rebate is a partial refund of money paid, and those who would cancel it are usually the money guzzling ne’er do wells whose existence depends on the money of others.

    Anti EU sentiment is being stoked up in the UK – by the EU. They should look at themselves carefully.

    • 204
      john c m says:

      they are idiots though, all they want is some form of united utopia and anything or any country that gets in their way is blamed for all their ills (rating agencies ) or ignored (Ireland ), it doesn’t surprise me they want to take our rebate, the EU hates individuality.

  35. 150
    TGF UKIP says:

    Guido, some while back, 2009 I think, you posted a table showing debt insurance costs, CDSs I guess, for a range of countries and large corporations, indicating amongst other things, that it was significantly cheaper to insure Ronald McDonald’s debt than it was Gordon Brown’s.

    An updated version for Sarko/Monti/Miss Piggy debt viz a viz Ronald’s etc, would be greatly appreciated.

    • 168
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Sshh, he’s having a bad day again:

    • 175
      AC1 says:

      Those Golden Arches are GILTed*

      *OK Gilded.

    • 184
      Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

      It is still cheaper by a long way. For 5 year debt the CDS cost in basis points is 33 for MacDonalds, 101 for UK gilt, 104 for German, 229 for France and (love this) you have to pay 113% to insure Greek five year debt. Best sovereign rates are Switzerland and Sweden (although I guess Norway, which I do not have) would be lower due to its oil fund. You should treat historic data with care as the market was distorted by dodgy behaviour in the past – especially by AIG. Even now a lot of rates are odd. You can insure Avis (which is a shit company going nowhere) for 507 basis points (5%). If I was exposed to them I would regard twice that rate as cheap.

      • 208
        TGF UKIP says:

        Tristram, thanks for that but that 113 PER CENT for Greek debt – more to insure the debt than the debt itself – is my reading correct?

        • 222
          Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

          Sure is!

        • 223
          Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

          Should have added – you are insuring lost coupon as well since payout will enable you to reinvest for a return………but it is still a real comment on Greece.

  36. 152
    John Ward says:

    Niggle Farrago speaks his mind, but we are losing the propaganda war here.
    The Europhile and Brussels positions are devoid of any stats to support them.
    The eurosceptic argument, on the other hand, is pure reason.
    Guess what 74.9% of Belgian gdp is:
    Ans: EU admin.
    Why isn’t anyone getting those facts out there???

    • 203
      Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

      Moron. The 74.9% refers to the % of Belgian GDP from the services sector which includes all the usual such as tourism, financial services, etc. The latest figure is actually 77.4%. The equivalent for the UK is 77.6% – are you suggesting 77% of the UK economy is EU admin. Grow up, get an education and stop undermining the anti-EU case by repeating fallacies printed elsewhere without checking the facts. If you want to check I simply went to the CIA World Factbook (yes, the CIA do have a use).

  37. 153
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Trouble with the Olympics being held here
    is half the fucking contestants will disappear

    and as for the opening ceremony costing £80,000,000 Remember Dave told us to tighten our belts
    now we know why !

  38. 166
    Apathy Rising says:

    The person at the EU reported as calling for the scrapping of the UK rebate is Joseph Daul.

    I urge you to go and look at his biography on Wikipedia.

    Very illuminating, I’ll say no more.

    • 178
      confused says:

      What rebate would that be?.

      • 188
        The lights are going out all over Europe...UK proposes to cut EU Budget ?? says:

        Surely he meant a reduction in our budget contribution from £50 Million per day to £10 million…these Europeans might find that if they start down this slippery slope that financially they’ll be worse off as the UK is the second largest net contributor to the EU Budget

  39. 170
    Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

    When Farage was my fag at Dulwich we knew how to deal with his sort. Always threatening to run to the masters and now risking the best troughing any of us have had since Maggie was handing out the defence contracts (through Mark of course). He’s a bounder.

  40. 173
    Gordon Brown says:

    my boiler is leaking

  41. 174
    Frank Carson says:

    Two muslim mothers are watching their sons play. One mother says to the other “They blow up so quickly, don’t they?”

  42. 187
    Apathy Rising says:

    In the Mary Honeyball (Labour MEP) blog she states

    After Mr. Daul had spoken, Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the EuroParl Liberal Group said in English: “Mr. Cameron, if you do not sit at the table you find yourself on the menu.”

    The extension to that allusion is that if you don’t sit at the table, you don’t pay any of the bill either.

    A threat from a Belgian too – WOW !

  43. 195
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Why don’t you jock c u n t z fuck off? If you love the EU you can stay in it and PAY FOR IT fucking ginger haired mongs.

  44. 197
    Gordon "Nokia-Tosser" Brown says:

    I’m playing with my veto today.

  45. 199
    Higgs says:

    Anyone seen my boson?

    • 200
      Apathy Rising says:

      I hear that they’ll be marketed soon, to place alongside quarks that proved such a commercial success.

  46. 201
    Apathy Rising says:

    For the lemmings of Europe I have some disappointing news. From Wikipedia

    The British government has resisted campaigns to abolish the rebate and the UK has a veto on any decision by the EU to do so.

    I’m so smiling.

  47. 202
    Fog says:

    Someone tell the simple Scot and all the other simpletons who keep saying Cameron only did it to save a few bankers -

    Bloomberg Business Week: Sarkozy and Merkel have endorsed a financial-transactions tax that the European Commission says would raise 57 billion euros ($75 billion) a year. U.K. Chancellor George Osborne has called the plan an “attack” on London firms, which his government estimates would pay 80 percent of the tax.

    London is the world’s biggest market for interest-rate derivatives, with $1.4 trillion of daily revenue, or 46 percent of the world’s total, according to the Bank for International Settlements. The U.K. is also home to the world’s biggest foreign-exchange market and 251 foreign banks, more than in any other country.

    The U.K.’s financial-services industry makes up about 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and 11 percent of its total tax receipts, according to The City U.K., a lobby group backed by the City of London Corporation, which governs the financial district. Financial-services employ more than 1 million people in the U.K…

  48. 206
    They are ALL the same says:

    Farage is good at this and he’s right about the EU, but who’d want the likes of him governing the 70 million people of these islands?

    Not me. I don’t want to be ‘represented’ by anyone. A parliament of 500 people governing millions of people is no better than the EU. A tick in a box once every 5 years is not democracy.

    No to the EU, no to the CBI, no to the City of London, no to the state-sanctioned trade unions – no to their minions at Westminster.

  49. 211
    Apathy Rising says:

    The myth perpetuated, even by the BBC, is that Cameron is alone in his attitude to the treaty.

    Among many others, this one is more significant than most.

    “In an interview to be published in German magazine Der Spiegel, the president of Germany’s federal parliament said he doubted the measures would be considered legal by the country’s constitutional court.”

    It represents little more than wishful thinking – minus the thinking.

  50. 212
    HappyUK says:

    Just listen to that whinging Scottish prick, pretending he’s in a proper job. To paraphrase the mighty Stanislav, this is from the country that foisted that head-banging, eat his own shit, bark at the moon, scratch himself until he’s bleeding, drugs don’t touch him, lock him up for his own good, son of a bullying religious madman, Gordon Brown. Time to show these malevolent Scotch cnuts what’s what, what?

    Farage is indeed a breath of fresh air and nails just what paralyses the EU countries. Hint: tact and diplomacy will not work with these people. It requires straight talking and not Emperor’s New Clothes collusion. These wretches have for too long had none around to tell them.

  51. 216
    Doddering Old Fart says:

    Being an older fart I have seen this Conman Market turn into a German run Federal EU. I can see nothing in the UK that is any better than it was before it got sucked into a cesspit of nations all trying to get more out than they put in. In particular those that cannot put anything in at all of any value. I think they call them Pigs now. Farage for king is what I say.

  52. 217
    Apathy Rising says:

    “Conservatives take poll lead after Cameron veto”

    Not entirely friendless then.

  53. 218
    Apathy Rising says:

    It’s interesting to note that most of the EU politicians telling Cameron what he must do have presided over calamitous financial predicaments in their own countries and have done nothing to solve them. Mr Guy Verhofstadt (ex Prime Minister of Belgium as he proudly boasts) is a case in point. He is a principle UK basher.

    This article from late November taints any idea that he might have an opinion worth listening to. It’s entitled “Why Belgium Is A Disaster That’s Getting Worse By The Minute

    I’m no Cameron fan but it’s astonishing that the BBC repeats the silly headline grabbing comments of EU politicians without any background as to their motives.

  54. 221
    michael says:

    I’m glad they see the funny side …. having spent up it’s all they have left.

  55. 224
    Apathy Rising says:

    A Guardian article states that the Lib Dems will be furious that Cameron

    Dismissed calls by the IMF that Britain should be prepared to provide greater resources to a euro bailout fund.

    I’m fairly livid that he didn’t put in a bid for my reproduction Louis Quatorze faux marble mantelpiece clock but considering both are nothing but tat, perhaps he doesn’t feel inclined to spray the contents of this country’s coffers around like an out of control muck spreader.

    Another article states

    Miliband says PM must get better deal for UK in Europe

    Clearly I’d have a better understanding of the concept if I downed a few bottles of Chablis beforehand. I so wish I could love him. Better than what he would have done if he should ever disclose what that would have been ?

    Sometimes we get affirmation that there’s a reason for the existence of the English Channel – and long may it remain.

  56. 225
    Apathy Rising says:

    Christian Noyer, head of the French central bank, thinks that, if any country should lose its AAA rating, it should be the UK.

    A Frenchman with his culottes in a twist is always amusing, especially when as head of the French Central Bank his name translates as ‘to drown”.You don’t think such things have a subliminal effect on ratings agencies do you ?

    I think we should provide some small amount of money to keep the Euro going a little longer just for comedic purposes alone.

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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