Saturday, 18 January 2014

The European Independence Party

In case you missed it, Nigel Farage's latest speech in the European Parliament has gone viral in Greece, with hundreds of thousands of Youtube views, and counting.

The speech shows Farage at his inimitable best, exposing the illusion that Greece remains a functioning democracy and castigating it's political leadership for it's complicity in this fraud.

Not surprisingly, the speech has gone down very well with many Greeks, but perhaps what is surprising is that, according to Farage,  many Greeks have asked to join UKIP! Farage, perhaps half-jokingly, responded that  UKIP did have an international branch and that they were very welcome to join it.

But many a true word said jest, as the saying goes. Farage has often stated that his ambitions are now not only to liberate the UK from the EU monster, but all of Europe as well. Although perhaps it would be going too far to think of UKIP  transmogrifying into the European Independence Party, it is not at all hard to see how strong bonds could be formed between the more respectable national liberation moments springing up all over Europe. Post the EU, the strong esprit des corps formed during the dark years of struggle could very well flower into a spirit of genuine political co-operation between parties in the newly independent European states. UKIP already has strong links with the True Finns, and at the last UKIP national conference their leader, Timo Soini, as well as a representative of Bulgaria member of the European Freedom and Democracy Group, Slavi Binbov, gave platform speeches.

How ironic it would be that the EU, which has long had ambitions to form pan-European political parties in order to build a new European consciousness and polity, will end up bringing about greatly enhanced political co-operation throughout Europe, but for entirely the opposite purposes from those intended.