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Tears before bedtime

“Widdecombe’s ‘outlandish’ EU speech leaves Green MEPs ‘in tears'”, reports Somerset Live.

A Green Party MEP has said that some of her colleagues were left “in tears” after a speech by Anne Widdecombe.

Widdecombe, Brexit Party MEP for the south west, stood up in front of the EU Parliament to give a speech today (July 4) as proceedings got underway following the appointment of Italian left-centre MEP David Maria-Sassoli’s as president.

The speech, branded “outlandish” and “shameful” by the Green Party, was cheered by fellow Brexit Party MEPs and others in the European Parliament.

Related posts: “Noooooooo!” and “Let’s get thrown out of the EU!”

If you can bear to watch the speech in question, Guido has video (TW).

22 comments to Tears before bedtime

  • She’s a dire old reprobate, but Widdie is quite correct. Plus doing it on July 4th is a nice touch.

    Can we leave already?

  • “Widdecombe’s ‘outlandish’ EU speech …”

    Out-land-ish is surely exactly what any Brexitter’s speech to the EU should be. 🙂

  • Mr Ed

    To misquote Reagan, how about announcing ‘The Queen has signed legislation that will outlaw the EU forever, we begin bombing in 5 minutes‘.

  • Alan Peakall

    I really think it’s time we brought Chris Patten to book on behalf of all the political prisoners who were appalled and sickened by his comparison of John Major’s first Cabinet after he succeeded Mrs Thatcher to the Prisoner’s Chorus in Fidelio.

  • Itellyounothing

    I only regret we didn’t send more people who would upset their delicate sensibilities.

    Also shame Trump is busy…..

  • Snorri Godhi

    Of course, for those of us who have not lost touch with reality, it is hard to see how people can be reduced to tears by somebody stating the obvious.

    I am pleased that the speech implicitly claims that “we” are the True Left: the party of the people, the party of the oppressed.

  • rapscallion

    “If you can bear to watch the speech in question” Bear it?? I’ve watched it at least 5 times. It’s great, and what is more it pi$$es off all the right people.

  • pete

    Any videos of the Greens sobbing?

    They’d be fun to watch.

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    Since she hurt some feelings, all discussion should be banned, immediately, and we should start a witch-hunt, straight away!

  • John

    Was the green MEP similarly “reduced to tears” when just over a month ago her own leader compared fighting climate change to defeating the Nazis?

  • Itellyounothing

    And ban any further speeches with any content the Green party disapproves of?

    Under pain of ten years in the gulag.

  • Rob

    In tears? How pathetic are these people? For all their furious denunciation of the phrase “Snowflake Generation” they aren’t helping themselves.

    I am assuming the tears are genuine and not the result of a strategically placed onion, but even so: what sort of person would think crying, and using it as publicity, would be a GOOD thing for them?

  • The Pedant-General

    The article has the full text. I cannot see anything remotely hateful. Not even close.

    Why is no-one taking the greenery to account for their shameful – and I dare say – hateful and scurrilous attack on an elected representative?
    ;-P

  • Katy Hibbert

    Any videos of the Greens sobbing?

    They’d be fun to watch.

    The tears of the vanquished are always fun. With a side-order of lamentations of the pearl-clutchers.

  • CaptDMO

    Rob asked…
    “…what sort of person would think crying, and using it as publicity, would be a GOOD thing for them?”
    It begins at the market check out line, near the candy bar rack, at a child’s eye level.
    It progresses to “the police investigation”, and of course, “Family” court.
    Political “fact finding junket” reports, on camera, are popular too!
    I COULD try for promotion, from Captain, to Major Obvious here….

  • Sam Duncan

    I enjoyed it, although it was a bit over the top. But what is wrong with these overgrown children? Any why would anybody in their right minds vote for them?

  • But what is wrong with these overgrown children?

    They have been taught with reinforcing behaviour since childhood that their every brain fart is important, unique and cherished, so going into the real world and being told by normal, grounded people that their views are meaningless, irrelevant, bullshit doesn’t work very well.

    Thus you get reactions like this to Widdie and the rest.

    It also explains the whole Trump Derangement Syndrome which is just another manifestation of the same thing.

  • neonsnake

    I enjoyed it, although it was a bit over the top. But what is wrong with these overgrown children?

    In addition to Mr. Galt’s points, all of which I agree with, I’ll add this: we’ve developed an utter inability to disagree with a simple “I say! I see where you’re coming from, but that was a tad hyperbolic, ma’am, was it not?”

    Nope. Utter condemnation, clutching of pearls, attempts to “cancel”, and mobbing appear to be the only form of debate we understand today.

    I don’t like her, I thought the standing with backs turned thing was a touch childish, and I thought her speech was slightly hyperbolic.

    So what? Let’s dox the bitch and demand that she loses her job and is never able to work again? I’ll burst into tears because she’s equated Brexit with freedom from slavery, which let’s be clear – very, very few of us have any concept of, and I’m not convinced we who have grown up under unparalleled freedom (the Greens in this instance, but all of us in the abstract, with apologies to anyone who actually does have an idea) should be pretending that we have any capacity to empathise with.

    There’s something very uncomfortable with the Green’s purporting to speak for the oppressed here.

  • Mr Ed

    I am slightly troubled by Miss Widdecombe’s speech:

    She said at one point ‘Nous allons’ not ‘Nous nous en allons’, and she ought to have put a ‘weg‘ in ‘Wir gehen’.

    Perhaps even better, would have been her and Nigel bursting in a Fleetwood Mac song but ‘We can go our own way’.

  • bobby b

    I’ve always enjoyed Farage speaking to the EU.

    Now that he’s apparently writing the speeches for all of the Brexit MEP’s, it’s going to be even more fun to watch.

  • And the response from Guy Verhofstadt was to call her a clown. That’s it. The best riposte they can come up with is an ad hominem.

  • And the response from Guy Verhofstadt was to call her a clown. That’s it. The best riposte they can come up with is an ad hominem.

    But what she said was pretty much on point. If you can no longer win on points (an Guy Verhofstadt must know that the EU is a busted flush at this point), you inevitably attack the character of the person doing so.

    As I’ve said previously, the EU have now reached the point where they are defending the indefensible, so ad hom’s are about all they have left.

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