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Inspired exit music…
How do co-conspirators think this series is going? Mixed feelings?
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.
Jose Manuel Barroso today announced his intention to “move towards a federation of nation states”. Over Farage’s dead body…
Earlier Guido noted that the Conservative Voice team were “not quite saying what they wanted”. No such restraint from one Tory backbencher. Nadine Dorries isn’t very happy with the new group, particularly the fact that this morning’s launch consisted of an all-male panel. Speaking more broadly she tells Guido:
“We need a kill Cameron strategy, not a voice.”
Metaphorically speaking of course, but ouch. Guido wonders how many of her colleagues agree…
UPDATE: Nadine is stressing the metaphorical aspect of that quote. As originally stated above.
Guido can imagine Dave waking up in a cold sweat with cheers of “Boris, Boris, Boris” going through his head…
UPDATE: Now that’s what you call a pained expression:
Who is in? Who is out? Shouting at politicians and unexpected cats. What more could you want from a piece to camera…
After coining the phrase “Bradford-spring”, it would seem George Galloway is not so happy about other Arab revolutions. When the Bradford MP accepted his £80,000 al-Mayadeen TV job. He claimed it’s pro-Assad propretiers would never be as evil as the Murdochs. Watch this and see whether you think they are getting their money’s worth:
And what is with the accent?
How UKIP Won Rochetser | Seb Payne
Labour’s Islington Problem | Harry Phibbs
Ed Lost More Than a By-Election | Labour Uncut
Labour the Biggest Losers in Rochester | Speccie
Thornberry a Gift to Farage | Nick Wood
Is Left Finally Turning Against EU? | Dan Hannan
Labour Votes Going Green | Guardian
UKIP Winning Class War | Tim Stanley
UKIP is a Good Thing | Peter Bone
Coalition of Losers | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Could Cost Labour 10 MPs | Sun
Ralph Miliband on the English…
“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world.”