This afternoon.

At the European Parliament in Brussels.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage waves the Union Jack as he delivers his farewell speech to the parliament before he gets cut off for disobeying the rules.

Fine Gael’s Mairéad McGuinness, vice-president of the parliament, tells him “goodbye” and reminds him to take his flags with him.

Earlier: Britain On The Brink

Previously: He Is Among Us

“I’ve Yet To Hear A Single Person Mention It”

46 thoughts on “Ode To Joy

        1. Shitferbrains

          Sadly for your theory the majority of the deaths occured in Bengal and Bengalis eat rice, not wheat. Hoarding by middlemen killed the majority of the poor.

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  1. GiggidyGoo

    Mairead McGuinness hasn’t covered herself in glory there. If she wanted to snipe, she could have been a bit more…let’s say…. diplomatic, instead of the bitchiness. The UK aren’t the enemy. Farage has done what he believes in – his country have agreed with him. Yes, he may gloat, but for a two-bit Annie Oakley to react to him, and to the British people basically, like that is totally unbecoming of a true diplomat.

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    1. Fearganainm

      Why hasn’t she? UKIP MEPS don’t represent all the citizens of the UK either. What’s with you that you conflate UKIP with the entire UK? She did her job well and was perfectly correct to cut off the jingoism – which was a breach of EU parliamentary rules. The EU parliament will still be there tomorrow when Farage is elsewhere hawking his bile and cashing in on his media gigs. I’d say that you don’t speak for many Irish people when you fawn over UKIP flag wavers.

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      1. GiggidyGoo

        No fawning. Just questioning the professionalism of someone reacting like that. She brought the EU down to Farages level basically, and for what – what exactly has she achieved?

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        1. Fearganainm

          She professionally upheld the rules. Squishing a crew of ill-mannered, immature and dishonest jingoists in the process was just a bonus for the majority of onlookers.

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          1. scottser

            I have to disagree gigs. As chair she has to call order on proceedings and she is perfectly within her right to dismiss farage’s gloating with a put down. I imagine it wasn’t the worst seen in that parliament either.

          2. Giggidygoo

            It reminds me of the spat between Varadkar and MacDonald a while back, which ended
            “It is not a laughing matter,” she said to Varadkar, adding that she was not laughing at the Taoiseach.
            “I am laughing at the Deputy, not the issue. The Deputy is very cranky today,” replied the Taoiseach.
            Standing to her feet, McDonald said: “I am not cranky at all. I find the Taoiseach facile and dismissive on important issues.”
            The acting chairman, Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell, urged for the back-and-forth to cease, adding: “The Deputy is on her feet, she may as well leave.”
            “I’m leaving anyway,” she replied.
            This remark was followed by the Taoiseach waving goodbye to McDonald as she made her way across the Dáil chamber.”

            Childish, immature. Professionalism should be expected from the people we elect to office. And that includes former silage makers in Europe.

  2. ReproBertie

    Of course the Flag of Europe is the Flag of the Council of Europe which the UK is not leaving so they can still fly it proudly.

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  3. Iggy

    They must be so glad to see the back of that odious little twerp. To be fair to Mairead McGuinness ( not something I thought I’d be typing), he is the sort of person one would never tire of slapping so I think she showed marvellous restraint! :-D

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        1. Philip Quinlan

          And they came up with it prior to the existence of Farage and without David Quinn for inspiration, a linguistically talented people.

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  4. Slightly Bemused

    I just loved that it was an Irish accent that said ‘and take your flags with you’!

    An Irish voice that closed their door

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    1. Fearganainm

      A ‘Sean-Éire na nGaedheal go deo!’ moment ;)

      The red rag/Butcher’s apron didn’t get a lot of waving done. Proper order.

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    2. ReproBertie

      She immediately followed up by addressing his use of “hate” and saying that we shouldn’t hate anyone. Of course that bit was cut by the Sasamach party.

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    3. Spaghetti Hoop

      I have to admit that too. It could have been any nationality as Chair enforcing order, but I just felt a twinge of Irish pride when McGuinness said ‘put away your flags’. I’m a historical emotionalist / emotional historian as it made me think of Liam Neeson’s Collins in Dublin Castle and Richard Harris’s Bull McCabe’s ‘Go Home Yank’. Stirs a fire against imperialism of the worst kind.

      Then again, I had a large French Connection cocktail this evening, charged with salmon canapés. We have a lot to gain from the departure and demise of toxic Farage from our political centre stage in Brussels. Now to get on with the European business of human rights, solidarity, freedom of movement, economic success, environmental management and strong co-operation.

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      1. Charger Salmons

        Without the UK contribution to the EU budget worth the equivalent of 19 of the other EU states.
        Hope you’ve got deep pockets …

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          1. Charger Salmons

            If the EU won’t miss Blighty and its money why did it try so hard to stop it leaving ?
            Next year’s 7-year EU budget is going to be fun.
            Now Ireland has finally become a net contributor you’d best start hunting down the back of the sofa for some change.
            They don’t accept punts …

  5. Charger Salmons

    I wonder how many Irish MEPs Repro O’Bertie-Begorrah and the rest of the EU savants on here can name ?
    Heh, heh, heh.

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    1. ReproBertie

      Well I can name the 3 that cover my area for a start Spoofer, just as I can name my local TDs and Councillors but I fail to see either the relevance or why you’re so obsessed with me.

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  6. Jimmy Trussell

    Brexit was RACIST a bigoted hate mob hijacked democracy away from the people there needs to be a second referendum so the people will get the chance to have their voices heard

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