For those who haven’t yet seen Nigel Farage’s latest rant against the absurdity of European “democracy”, this is classic Farage. Please watch and pass this on!
Partial Nigel Farage transcript European Parliament, Strasbourg, July 15, 2014 as transcribed by NotQuant:
“If this is European democracy in action this morning, I suggest we have a re-think”
“We’re told that as a result of the European elections that Mr. Juncker here is the nominee. Well I can tell you that absolutely nobody in the United Kingdom knew that when they voted in the European election it had anything to do with the next nominee.”
“And the truth of it is, your voters actually in your countries didn’t realize what this process was. Mr. Juncker’s name did not appear on any single ballot paper. And the whole thing has been the most extraordinary stitch-up. The loser, Mr. Schulz gets the consolation prize of being an unprecedented second term president in the Parliament. I mean it’s all just a pretense that we’re increasing democracy.”
“Well let’s just have a think about the process we’re about to engage in: We’re all going to be asked to vote and we’ve all got one candidate to vote for. [laughter] I mean it’s like good old Soviet times, isn’t it? Surely, democracy means you rather get more of a choice than one. But I think it’s far worse than that: It’s going to be a secret ballot. I mean you really couldn’t invent it, could you?”
“Hard on the heels of a European election, our voters are not going to know how any of us have voted. I would say to you Mr. Schultz as president of the Pariament that Parliament shouldn’t vote in secret. The whole point of being publicly elected representatives is we should be held accountable for our actions to our own voters. And to be asked to vote in secret I think it’s a huge insult to voters to ask us to vote in secret. [applause]“