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'Mr Earl, can't you understand the modern world?' - UKIP MEP swept aside in #SOTEU debate

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Earlier today in Strasbourg, the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso delivered his annual 'State of the European Union' speech (for analysis of that click here). Following the speech MEPs were given the opportunity to take the floor and have their say. Franco-German Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit (who will sadly soon step down as an MEP) did so, encouraged that the Commission President had dared to use the 'F' word - federalism - in his speech.

This was not music to the ears of South West UKIP MEP the Earl of Dartmouth (sadly still an MEP) and so he rose to ask a question under the blue card procedure, to then be subsequently and emphatically swept aside by Mr Cohn-Bendit.

For me (and many others) this was the highlight of the day in the European Parliament. Click play and enjoy!


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