Farage Fine Appeal Fails
UKIP Inundated with Americans Offering to Pay It

Nigel Farage has lost his appeal for a €2,990 fine for accusing EU President Herman Van Rompuy of having the charisma of a “damp rag” or a “low-grade bank clerk.”  Apparently the UKIP leader will now have “to bear his own costs and to pay those of the European Parliament.” As Zero Hedge says, they clearly want him to pay off the EU’s debts one fine at a time.

Farage says he is now weighing up his options of further appeal but stands by the “freedom of speech of all elected members, not just for supporters of the EU’s political union.” The press over here have been exceptionally quiet about all this, and thus it’s fallen to Drudge and the Washington Post across the pond to pick it up. Farage’s people tell Guido that they have been inundated with offers from Americans to pay the fine:

“One man was so determined he said that he was going to pay almost the whole lot but as he was only a driver we had to wait until April 2013 to get the money – which obviously we aren’t going to take but it’s lovely to know that there are people in the world who value freedom of speech.”

The silence over here is rather odd.

EU Costs Britain £150 Billion a Year

The referendum calls have been gathering pace over the last few days, and they will hardly be sated by the latest findings from the Freedom Association pressure group. Their new report out today is claiming that the UK is £150 billion a year worse off as a result of being a member of the EU. That’s 10% of GDP. 

With Jose Manuel Barroso calling for a “federation of nation states” it’s hardly surprising that 50 MPs have signed up to a new all-party referendum group. And still Dave made the point of not promoting eurosceptics in the reshuffle…

EU Labour: Dissolve Companies That Don’t Meet Gender Quotas

Loony Labour in Europe strike again. PES Women, the wimmins’ section of the Party of European Socialists – the Labour Party’s grouping in the European Parliament – have this week called for companies that do not have more than 40% female board members to be dissolved. PES Woman president Zita Gurmai extolled:

“Aspirations are not enough. We need concrete targets to be met (40% of women on boards) and concrete consequences if those targets are missed. The crisis must not be an excuse for not including more women in decision-making positions.”

Apparently EU law should be changed to allow governments to file dispositions to dissolve companies that fail to comply with the crazy diktat from Brussels.

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned purge…

Video: Farage Attacks Hollande’s “Hate Tax for the Successful”

Jose Manuel Barroso today announced his intention to “move towards a federation of nation states”. Over Farage’s dead body…

Barro-so Silly

Deluded communist idiot” (Farage, 2012) and EU boss Jose Manuel Barroso claims he has launched a new Twitter account today. Barroso’s spokesman was quick to boast about the man-with-no-mandate’s new-found popularity:

…Roughly translating as “the new Twitter account of the EU President has gained nearly 5,000 followers in less than 20 minutes“. The only problem being that the account isn’t new at all, has been open for over a year and already had a large number of followers before today. Nice try…

The EU is Cracking Up

Cracks are starting to appear in Brussels. Literally. 

From: “WELLE Klaus” 
To: “Parlement Européen” 
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 07:41:19 +0200
Subject: Temporary closure of Section A of the Paul-Henri Spaak Buildin

In agreement with the President and the responsible Vice-President, I have taken the decision to temporarily close Section A of the Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) Building. This precautionary measure has become necessary after the discovery of cracks in three of the wooden beams carrying the roof of the plenary chamber, during checks made in the framework of our increased inspection and maintenance policy. The causes of the cracks could not be determined which makes the temporary closure of the Section A of the Paul-Henri Spaak building necessary until the source of the problem can be identified.

The delicious irony was not lost on Nigel Farage, who gets in touch to say: “The roof is falling in in the European Parliament on the first day of term. I wonder what that might be a metaphor for?” Will the EU still be here by the time it’s fixed?

Farage: EU Resembles Communism

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has given yet another storming interview to Fox News:

“Things are getting worse. We’ve now got Mario Monti, who is the unelected, appointed Prime Minister of Italy almost begging for his country to be bailed out because, as he says, he fears that parliament will derail the project. So what they’re actually saying now in Europe is we must not let democracy intervene with our great, grand project. We’re living in this sort of noddy land where frankly we’re not facing economic reality. The UK now trades with the EU at a massive, massive deficit. The idea that Mercedes would not sell their cars in Britain if we left the EU, or the idea that my favourite Spanish rioja producer would refuse to sell me a case of red wine, is ludicrous. Even though the UK is not part of the eurozone we are being constrained and constricted by being part of something that frankly begins to resemble communism in terms of its belief that the state and government creates jobs. It doesn’t, it destroys them.”

Guido hereby endorses Farage’s rioja policy…

Poll: Britons Say Bye Bye to Brussels

A majority of Britons think that joining the European Union has been harmful for the UK, and almost half want Dave to say goodbye to Brussels. That’s according to a new poll from Angus Reid, which has found 54% see EU membership as having had a negative impact. If a referendum were held tomorrow 46% of Britons would vote to leave, compared with just 29% who want to stay in. The people have spoken, but will Dave listen…

Nomura “Brexit” Contingency Document in Full

Ambrose Evans Pritchard reports this lunchtime that Nomura have begun contingency planning for a possible British exit from the EU:

“The core point is that the eurozone may have to take drastic steps in integration (fiscal union, etc) to save

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Swivel-Eyed Europhile Eddie Izzard Backs Team €U

Given his track record for backing losers it’s probably a good thing that Labour Eddie Izzard has only half-heartedly backed Team GB:

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ECB President Draghi Goes Comical Ali

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, told a press conference following the meeting of the ECB Governing Council in Frankfurt this afternoon that “the euro is irreversible”. Asked by the media what he meant by that he […]

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Frustrated Farage

Rumours might be swirling around UKIP circles that he could be set to stand in Chris Huhne’s potentially up-for-grabs seat in Eastleigh, but Nigel Farage has today insisted he “could not care less” who wins the next general […]

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