“Put your flags away, you’re leaving… and take them with you… goodbye,” says the European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness to cheers from the Parliament pic.twitter.com/4reGibVPa7
— BrexitCentral (@BrexitCentral) January 29, 2020
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
English nationalism is the most potent force for evil in the world
I think German nationalism has that honour.
Is that why Nidge married one…
The British killed more than 6 million.
“Between 12 and 29 million Indians died of starvation while it was under the control of the British Empire, as millions of tons of wheat were exported to Britain as famine raged in India.”
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.
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.
She is in the chair and they are breaking the rules with their sad little flags.
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.
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?
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.
She did it In an ill-mannered and immature way. Right down to Farage’s level.
Naah. She was excellent. Fair play.
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.
But… but… but… BLUESHIRTS…!!!!
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.
You are right, there is a bang of Farage off of Mary Lou
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.
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
i had never heard of that word before now and it has made my day! Cheers!
And they came up with it prior to the existence of Farage and without David Quinn for inspiration, a linguistically talented people.
I just loved that it was an Irish accent that said ‘and take your flags with you’!
An Irish voice that closed their door
A ‘Sean-Éire na nGaedheal go deo!’ moment ;)
The red rag/Butcher’s apron didn’t get a lot of waving done. Proper order.
I also felt that. Gave me a little sense of pride in my nation. I liked the little good byyye at the end also.
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.
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.
Without the UK contribution to the EU budget worth the equivalent of 19 of the other EU states.
Hope you’ve got deep pockets …
A good club never misses the member that doesn’t want to be there.
De Gaulle was right about the English.
was he right about the Irish too ? ;)
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 …
Good riddance. What a disgusting excuse for a human.
I wonder how many Irish MEPs Repro O’Bertie-Begorrah and the rest of the EU savants on here can name ?
Heh, heh, heh.
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.
He’s the same age as Keanu Reeves. That is what such hate in your heart does to your face.
wow, little gray man
I’m the same age as Mark Wahlberg :(
I’d have sworn he was at least 10 years older, bertie
But no reference to the whole parliament rising to sing Auld Lang Syne in farewell?
Waving their EU flags.
Welcome to the new reality little Ireland.
Odious to Joy.
Suggestions where they can stick their flag poles, way too easy.
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
I do love your hot take on these things, Jim.
First picture put me in mind of the Nazi salute. Funny that…..
exactly what I thought