We do so love the UK’s Nigel Farage. The British politician who led the charge for #Brexit and has become the most hated man in the European Union is a lion among men in the political world. His bravery, and his willingness to throw caution to the wind while always fighting for what is right should be instructive to us all.
In our nation men like Farage are often attacked as “unbending” and unwilling to “compromise.” Sadly, there are many issues on which our politicians shouldn’t compromise but because they lack the fortitude and the character to stand for what is right, they break and then argue that they refused to do what was right because of the spirit of “bipartisanship.” Bipartisanship isn’t always a good thing, in fact, it’s quite often a very bad idea.
Farage again proved his mettle when he took to the floor of the EU’s parliament to excoriate the other member nations for their vindictive behavior and their gangster tactics.
“I’m sorry to say that the response to the triggering of Article 50 has been all too predictable. Already you have made a series of demands that are not just unreasonable but in some cases impossible for Britain to comply with. You began by telling us that Britain would have to pay a bill! A cool 52 billion sterling, a figure that has clearly been plucked out of the air, effectively a ransom demand. What you could have done is acknowledge that we have put net over 200 billion sterling into this project, we’re actually shareholders in this building and the rest of the outsets and really you should be making us an offer we can’t refuse – to go…
Mr Verhofstadt tells us that we cannot discuss trade deals with any other country in the world until we have left the EU. That has no basis in treaty laws whatsoever.”
Later Farage argued that the EU’s demands were akin to “ransom” and that the negotiators were acting like the “mafia.” This connection drew sharp criticism from the EU president who explained that there were cultural sensitivities surrounding the term mafia. Farage took the rebuke in stride, jokingly apologized, and then said that he would change his analogy and instead of “mafia” said the EU were acting like “gangsters” who thought they could control the British. “You think we are a hostage! We are free to go,” he argued.
Farage then concluded by explaining that the EU had become to self-indulgent and thought more of themselves than they should. While the UK might suffer if the EU chose not to do business with them, 85% of the world economy lies outside of the EU and Britain could find willing partners for free and fair trade elsewhere.
“If you wish to have no deal, if you want to force us to move from the table, we will… We don’t have to buy German motorcars, we don’t have to drink French wine, and we don’t have to eat Belgian chocolate. We can get these things elsewhere… You will hurt your people and your companies if you continue down this route. If you continue down this route it won’t just be the UK that triggers Article 50, there will be many more to come.”
Afterwards Farage said that the meeting went about as well (or poorly) as he expected and that he isn’t optimistic for the EU leaders to grow up and act maturely. In fact, he expects the vindictive behavior and impossible demands to continue.
We need more Nigel Farage’s in this world and in our nation.