European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek
has seemingly deferred his decision on how to punish UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom following his "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer" outburst
in Strasbourg last week.theparliament.com today reports
that after the 10-minute hearing on Wednesday no decision had been taken and that Mr Bloom, left, said he planned to appeal against his expulsion on the grounds that parliament had allegedly failed to follow its own rules.
Mr Bloom is reported to have said he offered to apologise but only on condition that Martin Schulz
(leader of the Socialists and Democrats) and fellows MEPs, Daniel Cohn-Bendit
(co-leader of the Greens) and South West MEP Graham Watson
(former leader of the Liberals), also apologised for the "fascist
" comments they had made in the chamber on other occasions.
"I offered what I consider to be a very good British compromise and left it at that. They sent me away without making a decision. To be honest, I do not think they know what to do,
" he is quoted as saying.
In all too similar circumstances, UKIP colleague and party leader Nigel Farage was fined 10 days' MEP allowances, almost €3000, for another verbal rant earlier this year
in which he said Herman van Rompuy had “as much charisma as a wet rag
”, the appearance of a “second-rate bank clerk
” and came from Belgium, “a non-country
As for possible punishments for Mr Bloom, this is what Rule 153 of the European Parliament's Rule of Procedures
has to say...
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