Today’s quote comes to us from Nigel Farage, who heads the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKip), and who has actively supported Britain breaking away from the European Union for a decade.
Mr. Farage spoke before Parliament yesterday – gloating in the face of many Members of Parliament as they angrily booed him throughout – about the Brexit vote which will result in the UK leaving the European Union.
Here is part of what he had to say:
“Isn’t it funny? You know, when I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?
And the reason you’re so upset, the reason you’re so angry, has been perfectly clear from all the angry exchanges this morning. You, as a political project, are in denial. You are in denial that your currency is failing. You’re in denial…
…just look at the Mediterranean. As a policy to impose poverty and the rest of the Mediterranean, you’ve done very well. And you are in denial over Mrs. Merkel’s call last year for as many people as possible to cross the Mediterranean into the European Union. [It] has led to massive divisions within countries and between countries.
But the biggest problem you’ve got, and the reason, the main reason the United Kingdom voted the way that it did, is that you have, by stealth, by deception, without ever telling the truth to the British or the rest of the peoples of Europe, you have imposed upon them a political union.
And when the people in 2005 in the Netherlands and France voted against that political union, when they rejected the constitution, you simply ignored them and brought the Lisbon treaty in through the back door.”
“What happened last Thursday was a remarkable result. It was indeed a seismic result, not just for British politics, for European politics but perhaps even for global politics too, because what the little people did, what the ordinary people did, what the people who have been oppressed over the last few years and seen their living standards go down [did], they rejected the multinationals, they rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics. And they said, actually, we want our country back. We want our fishing waters back. We want our borders back. We want to be an independent, self-governing, normal nation and that is what we have done and that is what must happen.
And in doing so we now offer a beacon of hope to democrats across the rest of the European continent.
I will make one prediction this morning; the United Kingdom will not be the last member state to leave the European Union.”
Those are very strong words. And Mr. Farage made even stronger/less reasoned/more antagonistic comments afterwards – suggesting that most MPs have never done a proper day’s real work in their lives.
But, that notwithstanding, Nigel Farage wins Quote Of The Day honors, for putting the wood to these smug, self-impressed establishment elites by reminding them, in his quasi-Trumpian way, that the people still have something to say about their destiny – and that politicians ignore the people at their own peril.
He could just as easily have been talking to the US congress.