The Brexit Party started its term in the European Parliament as we all expected, when its members turned their backs on the chamber during a performance of the EU’s anthem, Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.
Now Ann Widdecombe has increased the damage to the UK’s reputation by comparing leaving the EU with slaves being freed:
not sure we're ever going to be able to apologise enough for letting these reactionary muppets loose in public 😨pic.twitter.com/P7uB0dceHu
— dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) July 4, 2019
“Reactionary muppets” is a mild response.
Still reeling from Ann Widdecombe’s revelation that slaves got paid, enjoyed freedom of movement & had the vote. This changes everything.
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) July 5, 2019
In fact, it is a grossly offensive claim:
Anne Widdecombe just compared Britain leaving the EU to "slaves" rising up "against their owners".
It is impossible to explain how offensive and ahistorical it is for you to equate my ancestors tearing off their chains with your small-minded nationalist project. Shame on you. https://t.co/wZVCziXWVM
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) July 4, 2019
Guy Verhofstadt’s response was appropriate:
Nigel Farage facing some stiff competition as chief clown of the Brexit Party in the @Europarl_EN. By the way, when Widdecombe talks about “colonies liberating themselves from their empires”, is she really referring to the American Revolution of 1776? https://t.co/KNtQ7GjaY3
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) July 4, 2019
A “clown” indeed.
But she and her party have made the whole of the UK into a laughing-stock.
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This woman was once described as “potty” – now she is both potty and dangerous.
This woman was once described as “potty” – she is now potty and dangerous.
Omg the woman is certainly well past her expiry date, so far past she’s poisonously toxic. Watching the clip of her vitriolic bile spewing from her mouth with that equally rabid boorish “leader” of her’s slouching beside her smirking his self satisfied “oh goodie goodie” look beside her, if it wasn’t so damaging to the country, it would be British comedy at it’s best
“There is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors: slaves against their owners, the peasantry against their feudal barons,” Widdecombe said on Thursday.
A-ha! So she’s in favour of direct action against the Tories, LibDems (‘Liberal’ ‘Democrats’), and Farage and his lot of tossers (of whom she is one) too! Good! Get to work on them! Power to the people! ✊✊✊ (and I’m very much anti-EU!)
I must take issue with this. She wasn’t comparing Brexit – which has yet to occur – with the emancipation of slaves, she was giving examples of oppressed peoples rising up against their oppressors; the “slave against their owners” comment was but one example and she didn’t say which slaves; it could be all slaves in history. It is the idea that we are oppressed that people should question.
I thought she was wonderful, and she even managed to poke verhofprat.