I watched the EP debate yesterday for about an hour, including Nigel's two statements (the shorter un-televised one was business like and neutral) and it became clear just how keen most MEPs were to use a high profile and crucial debate to make self-serving newsbites for domestic consumption. The Scots and Northern Irish, of course, grandstanding for the cameras; Verhofstadt doing his usual sterling job of repellant sneering and gratuitous insulting that works so well for all opossed to the EU, some absurd little angry bald man with such a ridiculous and risible comb-forward that all I could do was watch it bob up and down in horror, his angry words lost to me.
Of course Nigel was quire right; they're all in denial. And all furiously now creating their own version of reality; Nigel fooled the people with cunning lies, voters were stupid and badly informed. Pretty much what one gets in the Guardian. And then came the threats of vengeance and repurcussions against the UK, and these were interesting.
Because of course it's not the MEPs, the Brussels circus or any of the tens of thousands of lobbyists, clerks, cooks, brewers and victuallers who make a living from them that will suffer from EUspite. When 4,000 breadwinners in Munich get laid off due to the tit-for-tat tariffs we impose on BMWs, it will be to their German national representatives they will complain, German taxpayers who will pick up the bill for their jobless benefits and German police and institutions that deal with any public disorder arising. It's classic power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot.