Nigel Farage to EU big shots: You are the assassins of nation states’ democracy

“Here we are on the edge of a financial and social disaster”

European Parliament, November 16, 2011

“Here we are on the edge of a financial and social disaster and in the room today we have the four men who are supposed to be responsible. And yet we have listened to the dullest most, technocratic speeches I’ve ever heard.

You are all in denial. By any objective measure the euro is a failure. And who exactly is responsible, who is in charge out of all you lot? The answer is none of you because none of you have been elected; none of you have any democratic legitimacy for the roles you currently hold within this crisis.

And into this vacuum, albeit reluctantly, has stepped Angela Merkel. And we are now living in a German-dominated Europe – something that the European project was actually supposed to stop. Something that those who went before us actually paid a heavy price in blood to prevent. I don’t want to live in a German-dominated Europe and nor do the citizens of Europe.

But you guys have played a role, because when Mr Papandreou got up and used the word ‘referendum’ – or Mr Rehn, you described it as ‘a breach of confidence’, and your friends here got together like a pack of hyenas, rounded on Papandreou, had him removed and replaced by a puppet Government. What an absolutely disgusting spectacle that was.

And not satisfied with that, you decided that Berlesconi had to go. So he was removed and replaced by Mr Monti, a former European Commissioner, a fellow architect of this Euro disaster and a man who wasn’t even a member of parliament.



It’s getting like an Agatha Christie novel, where we’re trying to work out who is the next person that’s going to be bumped off. The difference is, we know who the villains are. You should all be held accountable for what you’ve done. You should all be fired.



And I have to say, Mr Van Rompuy. 18 months ago when we first met, I was wrong about you. I said you would be the quiet assassin of nation states’ democracy, but not anymore, you are rather noisy about it aren’t you. You, an unelected man, went to Italy and said, ‘This is not the time for elections but the time for actions’. What in God’s name gives you the right to say that to the Italian people?

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7 responses to “Nigel Farage to EU big shots: You are the assassins of nation states’ democracy

  1. Green Monkey

    Goldman Sachs Conquers Europe:

    It is not just Mr Monti. The European Central Bank, another crucial player in the sovereign debt drama, is under ex-Goldman management, and the investment bank’s alumni hold sway in the corridors of power in almost every European nation, as they have done in the US throughout the financial crisis. Until Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund’s European division was also run by a Goldman man, Antonio Borges, who just resigned for personal reasons.

    Even before the upheaval in Italy, there was no sign of Goldman Sachs living down its nickname as “the Vampire Squid”, and now that its tentacles reach to the top of the eurozone, sceptical voices are raising questions over its influence. The political decisions taken in the coming weeks will determine if the eurozone can and will pay its debts – and Goldman’s interests are intricately tied up with the answer to that question.

    Simon Johnson, the former International Monetary Fund economist, in his book 13 Bankers, argued that Goldman Sachs and the other large banks had become so close to government in the run-up to the financial crisis that the US was effectively an oligarchy. At least European politicians aren’t “bought and paid for” by corporations, as in the US, he says. “Instead what you have in Europe is a shared world-view among the policy elite and the bankers, a shared set of goals and mutual reinforcement of illusions.”

    This is The Goldman Sachs Project. Put simply, it is to hug governments close. Every business wants to advance its interests with the regulators that can stymie them and the politicians who can give them a tax break, but this is no mere lobbying effort. Goldman is there to provide advice for governments and to provide financing, to send its people into public service and to dangle lucrative jobs in front of people coming out of government. The Project is to create such a deep exchange of people and ideas and money that it is impossible to tell the difference between the public interest and the Goldman Sachs interest.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/what-price-the-new-democracy-goldman-sachs-conquers-europe-6264091.html

  2. Green Monkey

    The program Media Watch on France’s International news station, France 24, discusses a report in the newspaper Le Monde that bankers (or some now apparently prefer the spelling banksters) who formerly worked with or for Goldman Sachs in various capacities are somehow worming their way into important decision making positions in European political and central banking circles. Goldman Sachs is the bank that worked hand in glove with the Greek central bank to conceal the true amount of the Greek debt to enable Greece to join the Euro.

    Discussion is in English

  3. Anonymous

    World Government is here.

  4. St George's Dragon

    All very entertaining. The background:
    1. Farage is head of UKIP, a party considered by many in the UK to be right-wing of Attilla the Hun.
    2. UKIP has no Members of Parliament in the UK because the electorate does not support them. They only have elected members in the European Parliament, a strange position to be in for a party which does not believe the UK should be in Europe.
    3. UKIP is the Bajan equivalent of the PEP – but at the other end of the political spectrum – loud and full of very strange ideas.
    4. In 2009 Farage admitted having taken £2 million in expenses
    (on top of his salary) and using it to promote UKIP.

  5. Euro Schmeuro

    Aw heck it’s only money!

    Watch this!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqN3amj6AcE&feature=share

    -see who rules this world

  6. Green Monkey

    MF Global Looted Customer Accounts

    By Stephen Lendman

    Wall Street’s business model is grand theft. Jon Corzine was MF Global’s CEO. Earlier he headed Goldman Sachs, America’s premiere racketeering organization.

    He also was one of legions of corrupt politicians as US senator and New Jersey governor. His extreme, longstanding criminality warrants putting him in prison for life. No restitution can reverse his harm. It’s true also for many others like him.

    Before its collapse, MF Global (MFG) faced a run on its holdings. On October 31, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    On November 19, Reuters said the firm “moved hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money from its US brokerage unit to Bank of New York Mellon Corp. in August, just months before filing for bankruptcy….”

    In other words, MFG lawlessly looted customer accounts. It used client money for its own purposes to speculate, as well as cover debt obligations and losses. At issue is grand theft.

    In fact, it’s one of the most brazen acts in memory in a business notorious for outrageous criminality. What ever’s gotten away with incentivizes Wall Street crooks to steal more. Why not! At most, they’re slap on the wrist punishments mock rule of law justice.

    snip

    Practices cratering economies in 2008 continue. Nations teeter on bankruptcy. Corzine bet heavily that Spanish and Italian debt wouldn’t collapse.

    Using 40 to 1 leverage, he bet massively the wrong way. His second quarter $190 million loss drove investors away. Those remaining lost everything. Corzine and top executives pocketed millions.

    In 1999, he was worth an estimated $400 million when he left Goldman Sachs. Perhaps its double that now, including funds looted from MFG. We may know more later on.

    From 1994 – 1994, Corzine headed Goldman Sachs during the time banking became deregulated. Carter began it late in his tenure. Reagan did much more. Clinton completed unfinished business. James Petras calls the 1990s “the golden age of pillage,” the decade of anything goes.

    It persists in the new millennium because political Washington and regulators look the other way, profiting handsomely by doing it. Everyone feathers nests belonging to others. Self-sustaining corruption continues. Only little people and unknowing investors get scammed. Power brokers make out like bandits.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/22/mf-global-looted-customer-accounts/

  7. Green Monkey

    Former Wall Street broker and now financial reporter and commentator
    Max Keiser on the “Big, Bad Banks” and the politicians who seem powerless to reign them in: