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The whole point of having a parliament is to have a place you can have the mad men pissing out rather than everyone pissing in to the institutions. They can be as mad as they like in there, providing exemplary exhibitions of what things would be like if they really got some power.

At the moment the EP is largely for show anyway, or let us be charitable, in an embryonic state, whereas the real power is wielded in the Commission and Council. Farage is a clown in a circus act who provides "reasonable people" with lots of opportunities to "tut tut" in an "adult, responsible" way and feel all morally superior about it.

He does more to discredit far right nationalism than "reasonable people" ever could. I think Macron is wrong to think the Presence of Brexiteers in the EP elections will embolden far right nationalists elsewhere: rather they will serve as a cautionary example.

Farage can even achieve the difficult feat of making Macron sound reasonable by comparison, when he isn't preening himself with delusions of grandeur, that is...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 10:29:51 AM EST
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