Saturday 7 June 2014

Saturday, June 07, 2014 Posted by Jake 1 comment Labels: , , , , ,
Posted by Jake on Saturday, June 07, 2014 with 1 comment | Labels: , , , , ,

In 2010 Nigel Farage was unkind to Herman van Rompuy. Herman Who? Herman was President of the European Council (to be clear, not the President of the European Commission nor the President of the European Parliament). Nigel asked the very relevant question "Who are you?".

To be fair to Herman, the same could be said of everybody in the European Parliament other than perhaps Nigel. A poll done for The Independent by YouGov in 2013 found 95% of Brits didn't know who their MEP was. (In case you actually are interested in what your MEP looks like, you can find them by clicking >here<)

UKIP's "victory" in the UK European election means they won
Graph by the FT

With less than 10% of UK voters and 3% of seats in the European Parliament, what was it Spiderman said? "With no responsibility comes great power"? UKIP has the power to promise anything, knowing it won't have to deliver. Having dismissed the UKIP 2010 manifesto as 'drivel', Farage promises to publish its 2015 election manifesto in September this year.

UKIP's power is not to win the 2015 General Election, but to influence who loses it. If UKIP comes up with manifesto policies that would reverse the enrichment of a tiny minority in Britain to the detriment of the great voting majority, that may actually force the hands writing Labour and Conservative manifestos to do the same.

Meanwhile, back in Europe, Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker are the leading candidates to be the next President of the European Commission. To help you recognise them, should the need arise, they look a lot like these more memorable characters:
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1 comment:

  1. can any one name some one in gov, with a backbone, you have caramel cameron and his jelly fish cronies all desperate to swing the in eu vote, and what dirty tricks will they try to make it in his favour


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