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British MEP punished for Nazi slogan

The Local · 24 Nov 2010, 14:56

Published: 24 Nov 2010 14:56 GMT+01:00

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Godfrey Bloom, a member of the right-wing, eurosceptic UK Independence Party, uttered the phrase, “ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer,” or “one people, one empire, one leader,” while German Social Democrats MP Martin Schulz was addressing the EU parliament in Strasbourg.

The phrase was a favourite Nazi-era slogan, and when Schulz complained, Bloom called him an “undemocratic fascist,” at which point parliamentary president Jerzy Buzek threw Bloom out of the chamber.

Bloom left his seat with a dismissive hand gesture and has refused to make a formal apology.

Schulz is the leader of the broad left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the second-largest bloc of MPs in the EU parliament. He had been calling for more solidarity in the eurozone and criticising what he called the “German-French management committee of Europe” in the recent agreement between Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy to change the EU constitution.

The heads of five political groups, including the largest group in parliament, the conservative European People's Party, urged Buzek to impose "a severe sanction" on Bloom.

“We can never accept that members of the European Parliament insult their colleagues in a way that recalls the worst hours of our history,” the leaders said in a statement.

The UKIP’s main policy is the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union. Bloom, the member for Yorkshire and the Humber, is himself no stranger to controversy. He was filmed at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen congratulating the French for bombing the Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace ship, in 1985, sparking outrage from the environmentalist group.

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He has also made disparaging comments about women’s rights, once saying, "I just don't think [women] clean behind the fridge enough," and "I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home."

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15:26 November 24, 2010 by DOZ
Germany should see this as a wake-up call and institute a Repatriation Program for the German People. Bloom is a typical representation of Commonwealth Sentiments. This is a daily thing thing in my Country and they wave the Flag as they spout this crap.
16:05 November 24, 2010 by Gaffers
I don't know which country yours is but typical of Commonwealth Sentiment? What utter crap (and i had to stop myself from using stronger language). The UKIP is despised in the UK by the vast majority of people. As with any country there will always be a right wing extreme element but it is far from the view of most people.
16:30 November 24, 2010 by sassylad
I'm shocked and appalled by this, it makes me embarrassed to be British - Bloom is not representative of most Briton's. He should be barred from the chamber and lose all wages and fees for the whole period he's suspended.
16:31 November 24, 2010 by Lancer565
Ah yes, free speech again, the life blood of democracy you know.

Britain WILL get her democracy and sovereignty back from the EUSSR. Her people will prevail. We always do in the end.
16:46 November 24, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Lancer565, you forgot to add (after "Her people will prevail") "with a little help from the Yanks." -- at least for the last 100 years. But that's OK, we forgive you.
16:49 November 24, 2010 by Gaffers
Yaaawwwwnnn .......
17:00 November 24, 2010 by InselaffeSGE
UKip and Nigel Barrage are regarded as a persistently embarassing, badly informed, narrow minded, ill-educated and an unfortunate accoutrement by the majority of the British voting populace.

As previously noted in this thread Democratic law in the United Kingdom does not exclude the assembly of retarded ex-public schoolboys (that were never capable of reaching puberty) into a drinking "party". It is unfortunate that they have leveraged a "stage" in Europe on which they can perform their disgusting, offensive and cantankerous antics.

Have no fear, this drinking "party" has been internally eating its own flesh for some time now. It will shortly have completely gnawed and digested itself by it's own device and will presently vanish into thin air somewhere over Holland.

There is a curiously labelled UKip blog http://caterpillarsandbutterflies.blogspot.com/2010/05/980-embarrassment-of-ukip.html

Buzzle has aleady worked out it's veiled code for us http://www.buzzle.com/articles/butterfly-quotes.html -

It's origins are in George Carlin (apparently a well known "Septic" comic) and facilitate informational self-determination for us all.

Fancy putting it in the public domain where I can share it freely with you - but then again that's why a seat in the Global Village is such a nice place to occupy.
17:31 November 24, 2010 by mixxim
In Britain the UKIP has many potential supporters but they field morons. We have seen one in court for claiming unemployment benefits while receiving MEP salary, perhaps if Hitler had not been chosen to lead the NSDAP the party might have survived as a socialist party.
17:43 November 24, 2010 by Englishted
If he hates Europe so much does he still claim his wages and expenses,

I bet he does ,far more like a nazi than any German Social Democrat.

However the Brits are getting sick of some of the stupid thing the Euro parliament does, and along with most people in Europe would like a vote on thing (e.g. expantion ) however I feel this is a pipe dream at least until they ban pipe smoking and dreaming.
20:36 November 24, 2010 by TheEye
Bloom is a true patriot and UKIP are the only party which stands up for Great Britain.

The day will dawn soon that we (the UK) can escape from the EUSSR and the rest of you can all drown together.
21:17 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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01:56 November 25, 2010 by harrylatour
All the UKIP members I have ever met have been a shower of ''little englanders'' who were barely covering their phobias.I was born in 1940 and I have never been brought up to hate anyone in Europe,,,,my father had more self respect than that.As he said,,,can any of us hand on heart say that if the SS were in England we would have the guts to go against them? And while a lot of the older UKIP'ers point to France and say ''they gave up easily'',well if the Channel had not been there in 1940..........The best thing about MOST europeans is that we CAN work together very well if we do not allow petty nationalism to be hi-jacked by old gits!! (i am old,,but not a git!!)
02:56 November 25, 2010 by AusHessen
Why are people shocked? Look around we are entering a new era of nazism. UK is first followed by USA.
10:06 November 25, 2010 by Legal E
@AusHessen. People may say your wrong, but sadly I feel your closer to the truth then most wish to admit. Just look at the latest TSA issues in the US. The cameras in UK. The UK has the most surveillance for any democratic country in the world (fact).

Bloom may have been insensitive, but what people must ask the question, what actually happened in the moments before his statement? Was there something that triggered this? Notwithstanding his statement was incorrect but the target person has been at the center of other statements at him. You have to think and look around the picture. p.s. I am British living in Germany.
15:54 November 25, 2010 by Viva Melita
UKIP were set up to take support away from The BNP. A government funded set of idiots are the UKIP.
16:23 November 25, 2010 by AusHessen
@Legal E. People may say what they want it just confirming most people are disengaged from reality. But to make things worse, Janet Napolitano has announced TSA will install mobile naked body scanners at stadiums train stations subways court houses city halls cruise ships and so on. If people don't believe it they must search since the streamline media does very little to inform the public about a police state. Oh, I did not mention a 'pre crime prevention' computer to capture your behavior and thoughts when walking through the scanner. Laughable? Yes! True? Yes! It's in the making made in USA.
18:44 November 25, 2010 by michael4096
..I am here to represent Yorkshire women ..
Well, I'm glad we got that one sorted!

PS "Godfrey" and "Bloom" are good old german names
13:43 November 26, 2010 by secondlanguage
".The best thing about MOST europeans is that we CAN work together very well if we do not allow petty nationalism to be hi-jacked by old gits!!"

Amen to that from Germany. At least from me.

What's their deal? "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer", indeed.

A Führer in the sense of a true leader wouldn´t be bad, though...

I also liked the British gentleman's remark about the SS, but I have a lingering

suspicion that it will put up certain backs here again.

Have you ever noticed the steely glint that comes into some people's eyes whenever those bad guys are mentioned? Also and especially with Angloamerican fellow-humans of our time? Why do they enjoy what people here aren't permitted to do at all?

Hard-core-nostalgia, is it? I came upon a "3.Reich-propaganda-video" on a platform and the- exclusively English- comments below went like this: "Enchanting",

"Pity there aren't any subtitles". Say what??

I'm a football-fan, and when certain British rags baptized our national-team's black-golden trickots "SS-shirts", I just about fainted. Seems to me, many people

over there are the ones mesmerized by the German past, not us.

"Bloom" or "Blum" being a good old German name? Maybe.

Not "Godfrey" or "Gottfrei", though?
16:32 November 26, 2010 by Johnny Cash
Congatulating the French on the rainbow warrior attack in an Allies harbour ! Seems that POM is as ungrateful as the scummy French for New Zealanders who gave their lives helping in them out in Two world wars. But then it won't be long now before the majority of elected officials in England will be Muslim and much more respectful I am sure.
18:51 November 26, 2010 by PhoenixW2
The point that all the drum banging nationalists here seem to fail to see, is that Schultz has called UKIP members, and other MEPs fascists on a number of occasions, and had no sanction at all.

But when a UKIP member mirrors such a comment right back at him, bam, the speaker has him ordered out of the building.

Democracy? Pah!
21:34 November 26, 2010 by Viva Melita
The European Union is as democratic as a fart in a bottle. Anyone and everyone who opposes the fraudulent mass of scroungers is labelled a fascist or Nazi. Germans are obsessed with WW2 analogy along with some of their British counterparts. The so called Union will soon be finished........Bankrupt, the dominos are falling already. Something so corrupt and infested with weasles never had a hope in hell.
00:10 November 27, 2010 by katatinka
Britain will get out of that rubbish EU and rise again, as we in the US will rise with the election of Allen West for President in 2012. The Left is a Lie.
11:18 November 27, 2010 by JDee
Godfrey Bloom is obviously just a wind-up merchant and you are fools if you fall for it!

I did feel sorry for Schulz, he looked genuinely upset, but maybe now he will learn his lesson. He's been trying to paint the freedom and democracy movement as fascists and has repeatedly used that word himself, while simultaneously pushing the undemocratic Lisbon treaty, that is the issue here. Bloom was trying to highlight his hypocrisy.
22:17 November 29, 2010 by Incredible14U
Unfourtunately germany is giving this perception as nothing from the eu parliament can affect germany until it has gone through the german parliament. But no one else is europe does?? as though people wait for germany to do its thing and follow...is this a good thing?? surely other nations in europe should think for them selves than relie on germany. If germany allows this to happen then because of german thouroughness can mistakes of the past be made in the future?? germany should not be allowed to make decissions in its parliament on the eu if others can't its not a fair playing field is it? as it seems only germany will get what germany wants for german in the end which is a big mistake...we all have our faults facing the consequences of them (again ?) is that nations perogative isn't it?
00:06 May 8, 2013 by LazierDaisy
If you understood humour, you would be able to recognise that he is joking about women. As for him being "booted out", he actually left. Schulz is obviously a ridiculous weakling who can't handle an argument. By the way - UKIP has just had the biggest landslide result in British politics since 1945, and is predicted to win the European elections next year. They represent the real feelings of British people, who are sick of Angular Merky stomping around laying down the law on culturally superior nations like Greece - truly obscene that Germany should dare to ask anyone to repay them, when Germany owes reparations to the whole of Europe.
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