Nazi jibe made by Yorkshire MEP
1:26pm 24th November 2010
(Updated 3:33pm 25th November 2010)
Controversy in the European Parliament as a Yorkshire MEP make a Nazi referrence.
Godfrey Bloom called his German counterpart, Martin Schulz, an "undemocratic fascist".He was then heard off microphone saying "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer" as Martin Schulz was making a speech.
That's a German saying from the war meaning "one people, one empire, one leader".
This was Mr Schulz reaction. (He was speaking through a translator)
Mr Bloom was given the chance to appologise by fellow Yorkshire MEP, Edward McMillian Scott, who was presiding over the session.
Mr Bloom was then ordered out of the chamber.
Mr Bloom says he stands by his words.
In a statement he said:
"Schulz is an unrepentant Euro nationalist and a socialist.
“He wants one currency, one EU state, one EU people. Already the Euro nationalists have one currency, one flag, one anthem, a foreign service and are creating a home office for Justice.
“They are creating here one Parliament with one executive and one EU citizenry.
‘The EU Commission have already taken control of the economies of Ireland and Greece, no doubt others to follow.
“These Euro Nationalists are a danger to democracy. These people are fanatics. People have got to wake up to this fact.
“My father, as a Spitfire pilot, fought for freedom against Nazi domination of Europe.
“As an MEP I will fight against the destruction of democracy across Europe."
Meanwhile, the BNP has now spoken out about this issue,
Yorkshire MEP Andrew Brons has issued this statement on what took place in the European Parliament this morning.
"I believe that personal abuse is not acceptable but attacks on institutions should be acceptable.
Mr. Bloom's first remark, "Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Fuhrer" could be regarded as a legitimate attack on an institution: the European Union. Mr. Bloom's second remark to Mr. Schulz, "You are an undemocratic fascist" (as distinct from a democratic one?) was a personal remark, which would clearly cause offence. Whether or not it was abusive as distinct from merely offensive is a moot point. However, Mr. Schulz and others on the Left have made personal accusations of fascism against Nationalists and Eurosceptics with impunity. This year, Hans-Peter Martin made an ironic Nazi salute to Mr. Molzer and Mr. Obermeyer of the Austrian Freedom Party and he was not even reprimanded.
There must be clarity of the rules (particularly with regard to accusations of totalitarianism) and an even-handed application of those rules. It is not acceptable for those rules to be applied in a partisan way, as they have been The remarks were made earlier in the morning and President Jerzy Buzak had resolved to take (unspecified) action but asked Mr. Bloom to leave the debate, which he did. It was Mr. Schulz who raised the question again, just before the votes, and caused the furore that ensued.
Mr. McMillan-Scott did not handle the problem well. He could have left the matter to Mr. Buzek to deal with after today's hearing but he insisted on requiring Mr. Bloom to apologise before any meeting between Mr. Buzek and Mr. Bloom had been held. His requirement that Mr. Bloom should leave, in advance of the formal meeting between Mr. Bloom and Mr. Buzek, was premature and prejudged Mr. Bloom's case. However, if he felt that he had a right to order Mr. Bloom's removal from the chamber, he should have taken that decision and the responsibility for it. His decision to put the matter to a vote was an abdication of his responsibility and opened the door to majoritarian tyranny of the worst kind."
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