by Chris Tomlinson 24 Feb 2017
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage addressed a raucous crowd at the American CPAC conference telling them that the great global revolution against globalism had only just begun.
After being introduced by Breitbart London editor in chief Raheem Kassam, Mr Farage spoke about the historic events that shaped the last year saying, “When, in years to come, the generations that follow us, study the history of this period there is one year that will stand out. There is one year that every school child will know and that year is the year of 2016.”
“Because in 2016 we witnessed the beginning of a global political revolution and it is one that is not going to stop and it is one that is going to roll out across the rest of the free world,” he told the crowd.
Farage talked about his 25-year fight against British membership in the European Union and the abuse he had suffered because of it and joked, “if you’ve endured abuse, if you’ve been called “deplorable” you’ve only had a few months of being abused, I’ve had 20 years of it!”
Speaking highly of America, Farage told the story of both Brexit and spoke specifically of former President Barack Obama’s visit in support of the remain campaign saying, “I will, to my dying day, be grateful that President Obama came to my country, intervened in the referendum and told the United Kingdom’s people, told America’s greatest friend and ally in the world and told us that if we voted to get our independence we would go to the back of the line.”
“And the British people were so disgusted by Obama treating us like this that it put us up two percent in the polls! So I shall always be, I shall always be grateful to Obama.”
Farage then told of his experience with the Trump campaign saying how proud he was to have been able to be a part of it. He praised the first month of the Trump administration saying, “what I’m seeing, 36 days into the Trump presidency, I’m seeing something quite remarkable. I’m seeing an elected leader who is trying to put in place the platform on which he was elected! How about that?”
What Trump is doing, by trying to put in place that ticket on which he was elected, he is restoring faith in the democratic process and good for him!” he added.
Farage then came down hard on the media saying, “My favourite part of November the 8th was watching the faces of the CNN presenters!” and adding, “They are in deep denial! They would like to wind the clock back to 2015 to pretend that none of this ever happened. But just as Brexit becomes more popular by the day President Trump will become more popular in America by the day!”
After slamming the media, Farage turned his attention to remain campaign supporter and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose name was immediately booed by the crowd. “Oh wow so he’s popular here too is he?” Farage joked and said Blair thought 2016 was just a “blip” and that Trump and Brexit voters were, “poorly educated, stupid, virtually unwashed people.”
“He’s wrong,” Farage went on “because what happened in 2016 is not the end of this great global revolution. What happened in 2016 is the beginning of a great global revolution!”
Speaking of the coming elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany this year Farage said that it did not matter if all the anti-globalists won every election, but they were shifting the “centre of gravity of the entire debate.”
He then ended the speech to a standing ovation and loud cheers from the crowd saying, “we’ve got to be clear: we’re not against anybody based on religion or ethnicity. We’re not against anybody but we’re for ourselves, we’re for our country, we’re for our communities, we’re for making our people safe and with less risk from global terror! That is what we’re for! And we’re for our country! And we’re for our people! And we are winning!”
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Meanwhile; back in the EU swamp:
Populist MEPs Could See Speeches Censored, Purged From Record Under Rule Change
by Virginia Hale 26 Feb 2017
The European Parliament has introduced new rules which could see populist speeches wiped from the system without citizens ever knowing that they had taken place.
The unprecedented move, which gives the president the power to pull the plug on speakers deemed offensive during live broadcasts of parliamentary debates, and to purge offending audiovisual material from the record, has attracted concern as the rules on what is considered offensive are unclear.
President of the Brussels-based International Press Association (IPA) Tom Weingaertner said: “This undermines the reliability of the Parliament’s archives at a moment where the suspicion of ‘fake news’ and manipulation threatens the credibility of the media and the politicians.”
Following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) last June, and with populist and Eurosceptic candidates riding high in the polls in a critical election year, many in the EU are determined to crack down on opposition to centralised power in Brussels and mass migration.
Senior Labour MEP Richard Corbett, who shepherded the bill through parliament, argued that it is dangerous to allow elected members a free platform to speak at a time when “there have been a growing number of cases of politicians saying things that are beyond the pale.”
“What if this became not isolated incidents, but specific, where people could say: ‘Hey, this is a fantastic platform. It’s broad, it’s live-streamed. It can be recorded and repeated. Let’s use it for something more vociferous, more spectacular,” he told The Associated Press.
Under Rule 165 of the parliament’s rules of procedure, the chair of debates is able to halt the live broadcast “in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a member”. The material could also be “deleted from the audiovisual record of proceedings,” meaning citizens would never know it happened unless reporters were in the room.
Gerolf Annemans from Belgium’s populist Vlaams Belang party expressed concern that the rule “can be abused by those who have hysterical reactions to things that they qualify as racist, xenophobic, when people are just expressing politically incorrect views.”
Another speech which may never have seen the light of day had Rule 165 been in place, was that made in 2014 by Godfrey Bloom MEP, who said tax was: “a system where politicians and bureaucrats steal money from their citizens to squander in the most disgraceful manner.”
The former UKIP MEP went on to say that politicians in the EU were no exception and that the whole Commission and bureaucracy in Brussels avoid their taxes, warning that “the message is getting home to the people of the European Union.”
“You are going to find that Eurosceptics are coming back in June in ever greater numbers. And I can tell you worse: as the people get your number, it will not be long before they storm this Chamber and they hang you, and they will be right,” he said.
by Nick Hallett 25 Feb 2017
Opponents of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen have launched an “Obama17” campaign to draft the former U.S. President to run against her.
Frustrated with the choice of candidates running against the Eurosceptic, anti-Islamisation candidate, organisers are hoping to draft President Obama as a last resort.
One campaign organiser, who chose only to give the name ‘Antoine’, told CNN: “It’s totally crazy, but the cool thing is that once you get past that, you start thinking that maybe it’s possible. Who cares that he’s not French? He’s Barack Obama.”
The campaign has so far put up 500 posters around Paris and has launched a website with the slogan “Oui on peut!” [Yes we can].
They are aiming to get one million people to sign a petition urging the former U.S. President to run, although the organisers admit the prospects are low.
“We want to show that people are fed up with the politicians here. People are tired about it and they like this joke. It gives people a little fun amid all these scandals,” Antoine said.
France goes to the polls in late April in the first round of the presidential election. If no candidate wins 50 per cent of the vote, the top two go through to a second-round run-off two weeks later.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the populist anti-mass immigration Front National is favourite to win the first round, although she is unlikely to win outright.
Antoine says he is not a fan of the anti-globalist frontrunner:
“We are so fed up with what Marine Le Pen is doing, and with the fact that we weren’t able to find a candidate to vote for, only one to vote against,” he said. “We started talking about that and it came up that Obama is free — so why not hire him?”
Although he admits the campaign started as a joke, he said supporters have been getting in touch with serious suggestions as to how they could get around basic problems, such as the fact President Obama is not French.
“We’ve had some funny emails from lawyers telling us how it could be possible. He would have to be naturalized by the president of the French Assembly.”
Ms Le Pen hailed the victory of Donald Trump last November as a “victory of the people against the elites” and said a “global revolution” was underway against “unfettered globalisation”.