What a phenomenal and whirlwind few weeks!
It felt like entering a massive university campus, for the first time.
After being rescued twice I decided I would find my own way, even if it took me all day.
But that is where the fun stopped and abruptly at that.
We witnessed, what can only be described as Blatant macho European nationalism on the opening ceremony performed in Strasbourg.
As tall, broad chested men in military fatigue, accompanied by music from a live band, performed a well rehearsed goose step march at the raising of the distinctive European flag, we were forced to demonstrate our disgust by turning our backs to the whole charade.
Apart from anything else the band was not a patch on that from the “Khyber Rifles”,
The following day, we had the parody of electing the president of the European Parliament.
Nigel Farage, leader of UK Independence Party and EFDD (Europe of freedom and direct democracy) spoke for us all when he derided the whole shambolic performance because of it’s lack of democracy. It had been a stitch-up between the major groups to enthrone Martin Schultz as President of the EU and Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission. These arch federalist’s aren’t prepared to take account of the earthquake that has taken place across Europe in the May elections. They hold democracy and the electorate in low esteem, if not in utter contempt.
In Brussels, we had a surprise visit by president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker.
After, affording him all due hospitality and listening to his claim that he wanted to work with Great Britain. We put him to the test. In a vain attempt to sooth our concerns and frustration about the loss of our national identity, he stated there wasn’t the existence of a European people. We questioned his belief because he leads the “European People’s Party”.
He categorically stated that there could be no negotiations on the principle of European people’s freedom of movement. This fundamentally means we can’t control our borders and we leave ourselves open to mass uncontrolled migration from Europe. He was not interested In democracy and the Eurosceptic success in the elections meant nothing to him.
His interpretation of democracy is where you vote to elect the president of the European Commission from a list that has ONE name on it!
That name is Jean-Claude Juncker!
Also, to add salt to the wound, the vote will take place as a secret ballot?
On another note, we have all managed to get on the committees we wanted but all the major groups have colluded and conspired to prevent us from chairing or even being voted as vice-chairs. This goes against the European voting principle known as D’honst.
This prevents the big parties from hogging all the positions of authority. Democracy and rules don’t come as priorities to people who don’t respect the results of national referendums unless the result is the one they seek.
Last week , I was honoured to be asked by Nigel Farage to act on behalf of UKIP as the spokesman for “culture and the communities”.
As someone who realised with all due haste success meant I had to learn English and enthusiastically embrace the culture of the people if I was to enjoy the fruits of my hard work and the opportunities available in this wonderful country of ours.
I recognise and values an overarching , unifying British culture, which is open and inclusive to anyone who wishes to identify with Britain and British values.
I hope that with God’s help, I will be able to deliver this message to all our communities.
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to deliver my maiden speech. Whilst full of trepidation, I thought i would get the monkey off my back and dived in.
Condemnation had rightly been made about a religious minority being persecuted abroad and whilst agreeing with that condemnation I added that this oppression takes place because of poverty. The rich can defend themselves. The EU can help by taking down their protectionist barriers and lift them out of poverty by trading with them in a fair and equitable way.
UKIP MEP for Yorkshire & North Lincs